Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To wind again or anew.
  • transitive v. To reverse the winding of (recording tape or camera film).
  • n. The act or process of rewinding.
  • n. Something that rewinds or is rewound.
  • n. A control mechanism for rewinding (tape or film).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To wind (something) again.
  • v. To wind (something) back, now especially of cassette or video tape; to go back on a video or audio recording.
  • n. The act of rewinding.
  • n. A button or other mechanism for rewinding.

Etymologies

From re- +‎ wind. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • NEONBEAR dead wrong. be kind rewind is the only one close to being a blemish, if only because it gets overly sentimental in the end. blog comments powered by Disqus

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  • Did a similar longer reneck of a $79 1961 jc penney catalog Kay truetone bass with a Curtis Novak pickup rewind, which is my go to bass, just like the '64 avatar shot

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  • If you wanted to hear them again, you hit rewind, which is a word in the English language that you recognize and understand, listened to the Chipmunks sing backward for the second and then whammo, you hit the big button and listen to your message again.

    Knox

  • But when you go back and look at the historical record, when you kind of rewind the tape and watch it slowly, it turns out that those eureka moments are really, really infrequent.

    How Cafe Culture Helped Make Good Ideas Happen

  • If they could press "rewind," they would live more in their present and worry less about the future.

    Vivian Diller, Ph.D.: New Year's Resolutions: What Would You Change If You Could Do Your Life Over?

  • Whether this is a sort of "rewind" feature, or a "design feature" (or some combination of the two), I have not yet discovered.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • Remember that regardless of the often too contentious exchanges here, we all (except maybe for the ABC crowd) ultimately want the same thing: to install a Dem president in the WH so that we can begin to "rewind" the disastrous presidency of GWB, the Village Idiot.

    Zogby Poll: Iowa Tied

  • But I managed to create an impromptu shuffle feature simply by holding down "rewind" and releasing it randomly - effective, if a little laboured.

    APED: "the moaning house"

  • Adam B: Now at 117 posts I think this thread is beginning to bore people, not least because it would seem we're all in 'rewind' mode.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Still, it's almost completely for naught when Haneke plays so deliberately unfair, from a most unfortunate of apparent coincidences to the still ridiculous "rewind" sequence.

    Funny Games U.S. (2008): C+

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