from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of bringing something to an end.
- n. A concluding part; a conclusion.
- n. Baseball The movements of a pitcher, including the swinging back of the arm and the raising of the forward foot, preparatory to pitching the ball.
- adj. Operated by a spring that is wound up by hand.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The end or conclusion of something.
- n. A punch line of a joke or comedy routine.
- n. A joke, an attempt to fool someone or to make them angry.
- n. the part of a pitch where the pitcher moves his or her arm backwards before throwing the ball.
- adj. needing to be wound up in order to function.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Act of winding up, or closing; a concluding act or part; the end.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The conclusion or final adjustment and settlement of any matter, as a speech, business, entertainment, etc.; the closing act; the close.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give a preliminary swing to the arm pitching
- v. finally be or do something
- v. coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem
- v. stimulate sexually
- adj. operated by a mechanism
- n. a concluding action
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Magic touches everything, be it Colman's mustard merchandising with dragons and moustachioed magicians, or wind-up Cinderella dolls from the 1950s.
Your blog is a really a current day wind-up tool – always a source for a good laugh though. on February 13, 2009 at 4: 31 pm | Reply uniform
We had to add an external wind-up turntable to make it so the right half of your food wasn't cold.
Sarah Palin strikes me as a wind-up doll on Red Bull; incapable of original thought, she strings together one cliche 'after another into unintelligible sentences with just the right buzz words to get ignorant, Right-wing zealots shaking their heads like lemmings going off a cliff.
The Belgian bank's board was scheduled to meet on Saturday to decide on an orderly wind-up designed to avoid damaging France's triple-A and Belgium's double-A credit rating.
Then, they gave out signed photographs of CC Sabathia doing the wind-up.
I wonder if anyone in the government even remembers why this data is so vital (seriously, per question 11, how many wind-up clocks are coming through customs nowadays).
At this point, Republican politicians are beginning to sound almost like wind-up toys when they complain about job-killing taxes and regulations that keep businesses from hiring.
But the more enjoyable spectacle was watching the froth gather at the mouths of the offended; it was a childish wind-up, childishly received.
Rio Ferdinand – defender, cheerleader, wind-up merchant – encouraged Danny Welbeck to turn his back to the away end at the final whistle and pointed triumphantly at his team-mate's shirt.