Definition of winding in US English:

winding

noun

  • 1A twisting movement or course.

    ‘the windings of the stream’
    • ‘The whole enlivened, and rendered more variegated, and fanciful, by the various windings of the Chester river.’
    • ‘The man followed the wave on horseback for about a mile until he lost sight of it in the windings of the canal.’
    • ‘Everybody looked with curiosity on the miniature locomotive and wondered how it could tug a train loaded with 50 people up the windings of this steep and narrow little track for four miles.’
    • ‘And you learn all about the head for heights that you need if you are going to tackle one of the narrow maintenance paths that follows the tortuous windings of a levada.’
    • ‘I'm thinking less of the huge, operatic rooms hung with stalactites, than the narrow windings that might end in a wall or a cliff or a small pool where tiny, blind fish swim.’
    • ‘Truly Time is a vast Denful of Horrour, round about which a Serpent winds and in the winding bites itself by the Tail.’
    • ‘I followed with my eye the winding of the road and saw that it curved close to one of the densest of these clumps and was lost behind it.’
    • ‘Published in 1967, L' amante Anglaise chronicles the tortuous windings and turnings of a mind perilously close to the edge of reason.’
    twist, turn, turning, bend, loop, curve, zigzag, convolution, meander, meandering
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  • 2A thing that winds or is wound around something.

    • ‘Engineers found a host of problems: damaging misalignments, cracked welds and broken webbing on the end-turn windings.’
    • ‘Gone are the days when the inside of a high-end golf ball included yards of rubber-band windings.’
    • ‘The outer windings seem to provide both the extra rigidity needed for motility in structured media and better propulsion in low viscosity media.’
    • ‘Install K-Rated transformers which have special cores, double-sized neutral lug and special windings that filter damaging harmonics.’
    • ‘There are very fine wire windings around those heads, and if snagged while cleaning - then they are trashed.’
    • ‘For nearly 70 years the undisputed champion of performance golf balls featured rubber windings wrapped around a liquid-filled core.’
    • ‘An uneasy sleep wrapped itself around her like the windings of a mummy.’
    • ‘Of honey laden bees I was first born, but in the forest grew my outer coat; My tough back comes from shoes (the leather thongs), an iron point in artful windings cuts a fair design, and leaves long twisted furrows like a plough.’
    • ‘There is no way they could have seen a golf ball before; I imagined them cutting one open for the first time, suspecting it was a grenade of some sort, and jumping back when the rubber windings started popping every which way.’
    • ‘It worked best with wound balls (the primary construction prior to 1970), because it adhered to windings well.’
    1. 2.1 An electrical conductor that is wound around a magnetic material, especially one encircling part of the stator or rotor of an electric motor or generator or forming part of a transformer.
      • ‘Each of the windings and diodes can fail at a time.’
      • ‘Current is switched to two of the three windings at any time.’
      • ‘The construction of a transformer includes a ferromagnetic core around which multiple coils, or windings, of wire are wrapped.’
      • ‘It's kind of a slow-death situation; eventually that insulation breaks down and you have a dead short in the windings and a very expensive repair job.’
      • ‘When tape is unloaded, a ‘trickle’ current must pass through the windings.’

adjective

  • Following a twisting or spiral course.

    ‘our bedroom was at the top of a winding staircase’
    • ‘If you're feeling energetic you can climb a narrow winding staircase to the top.’
    • ‘It has fantastic creaky floorboards, and a big winding staircase that in the 24 hours we've been here I've already almost fallen down twice.’
    • ‘The 12-mile route starts in Stratford's Bancroft Gardens at 1.30 pm and will follow a winding course to Long Marston.’
    • ‘The winding 150 mile course from Barstow, California to Primm, Nevada knocked out vehicle after vehicle.’
    • ‘The night air felt cool and refreshing, and he had no trouble following the winding path through the mountains.’
    • ‘The winding narrow streets and the houses around the church are much as they must have been in the fourteenth century.’
    • ‘Pedestrians take precedence over cars on the winding, cobbled streets.’
    • ‘The town is distinctly Italian in feel, with a smattering of luxury hotels and art galleries tucked away in its winding, narrow streets.’
    • ‘They had docked near the edge of the town and made their way down the winding, grimy streets.’
    • ‘Take the winding staircase and wend your way to the upper section.’
    • ‘A winding, scenic drive up Storm King Highway, just off Route 218, leads to the museum and its 500 acres.’
    • ‘Late one afternoon we found ourselves motoring along an isolated stretch of road in Idaho, which followed the winding course of a river.’
    • ‘Hop onto the platform, climb the winding staircase and prepare for a cut-price sightseeing tour of London.’
    • ‘We walked for a long time, following winding paths carved by herds of cattle, through high meadows into an exotic place that seemed like a foreign land.’
    • ‘Cat led me off down a winding, mazelike series of tunnels.’
    • ‘The steep slope becomes a collection of terraces connected by a winding stepped path, with buildings tucked under or placed on the terraces.’
    • ‘Running trails follow the winding waterway, while paddlers row or kayak.’
    • ‘Escaping the city is as hard as surviving a day in its winding, filthy streets.’
    • ‘The horse walked on, following the winding path through the trees.’
    • ‘The winding, narrow street soon gave way to the open stretch of a bazaar.’
    twisting and turning, full of twists and turns, meandering, windy, twisty, bending, curving, looping, zigzag, zigzagging, serpentine, sinuous, snaking, snaky, tortuous, convoluted
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Pronunciation

winding

/ˈwīndiNG//ˈwaɪndɪŋ/