One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action or result of winding rope, yarn, etc., round a cylindrical drum.
2Electrical Engineering. An armature winding in which straight conductors are placed on a cylindrical core so as to run lengthways from one end to the other; the action of making such a winding. Contrasted with ring winding.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Manchester Guardian. From drum + winding.
drum winding/ˈdrʌm ˌwʌɪndɪŋ/
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