- 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 See related entries: Features of roads
- 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 [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 wind-up
- 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 bit where they discover the body.
- 5[transitive] wind something to turn a handle several times You operate the trapdoor by winding this handle. Word Origin Old English windan ‘go rapidly’, ‘twine’, of Germanic origin; related to wander and wend.Extra examples He wound the bandage tightly around his ankle. The path wound down to the beach. The river winds its way between two meadows. The walk follows a winding path through the forest.Idioms (informal) to persuade somebody to do anything that you want She has always been able to twist her parents around her little finger. Phrasal Verbswind downwind somethingdownwind upwind upwind somebodyupwind somethingup
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BrE BrE//waɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//waɪnd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wind
BrE BrE//waɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//waɪnd//he / she / it winds
BrE BrE//waɪndz//; NAmE NAmE//waɪndz//past simple wound
BrE BrE//waʊnd//; NAmE NAmE//waʊnd//past participle wound
BrE BrE//waʊnd//; NAmE NAmE//waʊnd//-ing form winding
BrE BrE//ˈwaɪndɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪndɪŋ//Features of roads