What does winding mean?

Definitions for winding
ˈwaɪn dɪŋwind·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wind, winding, twistadjective

    the act of winding or twisting

    "he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind"

  2. tortuous, twisting, twisty, winding, voluminousadjective

    marked by repeated turns and bends

    "a tortuous road up the mountain"; "winding roads are full of surprises"; "had to steer the car down a twisty track"

  3. meandering(a), rambling, wandering(a), windingadjective

    of a path e.g.

    "meandering streams"; "rambling forest paths"; "the river followed its wandering course"; "a winding country road"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Windingnoun

    Flexure; meander.

    Etymology: from wind.

    It was the pleasantest voyage in the world to follow the windings of this river Inn, through such a variety of pleasing scenes as the course of it naturally led us. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    The ways of heav’n are dark and intricate;
    Our understanding traces them in vain,
    Nor sees with how much art the windings run,
    Nor where the regular confusion ends. Joseph Addison, Cato.


  1. winding

    An electromagnetic coil is an electrical conductor such as a wire in the shape of a coil (spiral or helix). Electromagnetic coils are used in electrical engineering, in applications where electric currents interact with magnetic fields, in devices such as electric motors, generators, inductors, electromagnets, transformers, and sensor coils. Either an electric current is passed through the wire of the coil to generate a magnetic field, or conversely, an external time-varying magnetic field through the interior of the coil generates an EMF (voltage) in the conductor. A current through any conductor creates a circular magnetic field around the conductor due to Ampere's law. The advantage of using the coil shape is that it increases the strength of the magnetic field produced by a given current. The magnetic fields generated by the separate turns of wire all pass through the center of the coil and add (superpose) to produce a strong field there. The more turns of wire, the stronger the field produced. Conversely, a changing external magnetic flux induces a voltage in a conductor such as a wire, due to Faraday's law of induction. The induced voltage can be increased by winding the wire into a coil because the field lines intersect the circuit multiple times.The direction of the magnetic field produced by a coil can be determined by the right hand grip rule. If the fingers of the right hand are wrapped around the magnetic core of a coil in the direction of conventional current through the wire, the thumb will point in the direction the magnetic field lines pass through the coil. The end of a magnetic core from which the field lines emerge is defined to be the North pole. There are many different types of coils used in electric and electronic equipment.


  1. winding

    Winding generally refers to the process or action of wrapping or turning something, often in a spiral, around an object or axis. In different contexts, it could mean the coil of wires in an electrical device, the action of turning a knob or key like winding a clock, a twist or curve along a surface or path, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Winding

    of Wind

  2. Winding

    of Wind

  3. Winding

    of Wind

  4. Windingnoun

    a call by the boatswain's whistle

  5. Windingadjective

    twisting from a direct line or an even surface; circuitous

  6. Windingnoun

    a turn or turning; a bend; a curve; flexure; meander; as, the windings of a road or stream

  7. Windingnoun

    a line- or ribbon-shaped material (as wire, string, or bandaging) wound around an object; as, the windings (conducting wires) wound around the armature of an electric motor or generator

  8. Etymology: [From Wind to twist.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Winding is ranked #44193 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Winding surname appeared 487 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Winding.

    78% or 380 total occurrences were Black.
    18.8% or 92 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of winding in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of winding in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of winding in a Sentence

  1. Marv Albert:

    With tonight's game winding down, I'm thinking' Well, this is it. My last broadcast.' And all that's going through my mind is I have been so fortunate to be doing this for 55 years. Doing what I love, having a front-row seat for so many of the iconic moments of sports history.

  2. William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act II scene 1:

    He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.

  3. Sheriff Sheron:

    Neighbors described seeing and hearing a plane heading from east to west, it sounded like a loud winding noise as the plane was then observed going over a wooded area, [ and ] dropped from the sky. There was a loud crash and a fireball.

  4. Havelock Ellis:

    The prevalence of suicide, without doubt, is a test of height in civilization; it means that the population is winding up its nervous and intellectual system to the utmost point of tension and that sometimes it snaps.

  5. Jordan Poole:

    When most people are winding down, Howard Finster was winding up.

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