from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To wind too tightly: overwound the watch and broke the spring.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To wind (tighten a spring of) something excessively.
- v. To twist itself more tightly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To wind too tightly, as a spring, or too far, as a hoisting rope on a drum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To wind too much.
- Specifically, in mining, to wind (a hoisting apparatus) so that the cage rises above its proper position for being unloaded. Overwinding is a fruitful source of danger in mining, and many expedients have been adopted for its prevention.
over- + wind (Wiktionary)
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