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Definition of wind verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wind
    he / she / it winds
    past simple wound
    -ing form winding
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (of a road, river, etc.) to have many bends and twists + adv./prep. The path wound down to the beach. wind its way + adv./prep. The river winds its way between two meadows. see also winding
  2. 2[transitive] wind something + adv./prep. to wrap or twist something around itself or something else He wound the wool into a ball. Wind the bandage around your finger.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] to make a clock or other piece of machinery work by turning a knob, handle, etc. several times; to be able to be made to work in this way wind something (up) He had forgotten to wind his watch. wind up It was one of those old-fashioned gramophones that winds up. see also windup
  4. 4[transitive, intransitive] to operate a tape, film, etc. so that it moves nearer to its ending or starting position wind something forward/back He wound the tape back to the beginning. wind forward/back Wind forward to the part where they discover the body.
  5. 5[transitive] wind something to turn a handle several times You operate the trap door by winding this handle.
  6. Idioms
    twist/wrap/wind somebody around your little finger (informal)
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    to persuade someone to do anything that you want She has always been able to twist her parents around her little finger.
    Phrasal Verbswind downwind somethingdownwind upwind up
Give the handle another couple of winds.