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wind

verb uk   /waɪnd/ (wound, wound) us  

wind verb (TURN)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to turn or cause something to turn: She wound the handle but nothing happened. Once she'd got into the car, she wound the window down/up (= caused it to open/close by turning a handle).UK Does this camera wind on (= does the film in it move forward) automatically? That noise you can hear is the tape winding back.
See also
Bending, twisting and curving
[T] (also wind up) If you wind (up) a clock or watch, you cause it to work by turning a key, handle, or other device.Watches and clocks B2 [I usually + adv/prep] If a road, path, or river winds, it follows a route that turns repeatedly in different directions: The river winds through the valley.Bending, twisting and curving

wind verb (WRAP AROUND)

B2 [T usually + adv/prep] to wrap something around an object several times or twist it repeatedly around itself: She wound a scarf around her neck. He wound the string into a ball. He wound a small bandage round her finger.Enclosing, surrounding and immersingBending, twisting and curving
winding
adjective uk   /ˈwaɪn.dɪŋ/ us  
B2 describes a path, road, river, etc. which repeatedly turns in different directions: There's a very long, winding path leading up to the house.Bending, twisting and curving
(Definition of wind verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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