Definition of winding in US English:



  • 1A twisting movement or course.

    ‘the windings of the stream’
    • ‘Truly Time is a vast Denful of Horrour, round about which a Serpent winds and in the winding bites itself by the Tail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The whole enlivened, and rendered more variegated, and fanciful, by the various windings of the Chester river.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Published in 1967, L' amante Anglaise chronicles the tortuous windings and turnings of a mind perilously close to the edge of reason.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
    • ‘For nearly 70 years the undisputed champion of performance golf balls featured rubber windings wrapped around a liquid-filled core.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are very fine wire windings around those heads, and if snagged while cleaning - then they are trashed.’
    • ‘It worked best with wound balls (the primary construction prior to 1970), because it adhered to windings well.’
    • ‘An uneasy sleep wrapped itself around her like the windings of a mummy.’
    • ‘Install K-Rated transformers which have special cores, double-sized neutral lug and special windings that filter damaging harmonics.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘Current is switched to two of the three windings at any time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each of the windings and diodes can fail at a time.’
      • ‘The construction of a transformer includes a ferromagnetic core around which multiple coils, or windings, of wire are wrapped.’
      • ‘When tape is unloaded, a ‘trickle’ current must pass through the windings.’


  • Following a twisting or spiral course.

    ‘our bedroom was at the top of a winding staircase’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The horse walked on, following the winding path through the trees.’
    • ‘The winding narrow streets and the houses around the church are much as they must have been in the fourteenth century.’
    • ‘The winding, narrow street soon gave way to the open stretch of a bazaar.’
    • ‘They had docked near the edge of the town and made their way down the winding, grimy streets.’
    • ‘If you're feeling energetic you can climb a narrow winding staircase to the top.’
    • ‘The town is distinctly Italian in feel, with a smattering of luxury hotels and art galleries tucked away in its winding, narrow streets.’
    • ‘A winding, scenic drive up Storm King Highway, just off Route 218, leads to the museum and its 500 acres.’
    • ‘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 steep slope becomes a collection of terraces connected by a winding stepped path, with buildings tucked under or placed on the terraces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pedestrians take precedence over cars on the winding, cobbled streets.’
    • ‘Cat led me off down a winding, mazelike series of tunnels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Take the winding staircase and wend your way to the upper section.’
    • ‘The night air felt cool and refreshing, and he had no trouble following the winding path through the mountains.’
    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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