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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  • The Argivian named Urza smiled back, apparently unmoved, and said, "Be sure not to overwind it.

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