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

  • n. Something wound about a center or an object: an armature with its wire winding.
  • n. The way in which something is wound.
  • n. One complete turn of something wound: two windings of electrical tape.
  • n. A curve or bend, as of a road.
  • adj. Twisting or turning; sinuous.
  • adj. Spiral.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of wind.
  • n. something wound around something else
  • n. the manner in which something is wound
  • n. one complete turn of something wound
  • n. a length of wire wound around the core of an electrical transformer
  • adj. twisting, turning or sinuous
  • adj. spiral or helical
  • v. to turn a boat around in a canal
  • n. the act or process of winding (turning around)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Twisting from a direct line or an even surface; circuitous.
  • n. A call by the boatswain's whistle.
  • n. A turn or turning; a bend; a curve; flexure; meander.
  • n. The material, as wire or rope, wound or coiled about anything, or a single round or turn of the material

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Curving; spiral: as, a winding stair.
  • Full of bends or turns: as, a winding path.
  • Warped; twisted; bent; crooked: as, a winding surface.
  • n. Any portion of an electric circuit which is coiled.
  • n. A turn or turning; a bend; flexure; meander: as, the windings of a road or stream.
  • n. A twist in any surface, so that all its parts do not lie in the same plane; a casting or warping.
  • n. A call by the boatswain's whistle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of winding or twisting
  • adj. of a path e.g.
  • adj. marked by repeated turns and bends


wind +‎ -ing, from wind ("to wrap"). (Wiktionary)
wind +‎ -ing, from wind ("movement of air"), as the wind was used to assist turning. (Wiktionary)



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