Definition of wind down in English:
1(Of a mechanism, especially one operated by clockwork) gradually lose power.
- The quality is fine for TV broadcast and animation motors give us more accuracy from one frame to the next, because the shutter speed alters slightly as the spring winds down in the clockwork motor.
- Turbine generators here wind down, the emergency system to protect the nuclear reactors from overload kicks in, and the propeller shaft stops.
- The left engine normally wound down and wind-milled, while continuing to power the left side hydraulics.
1.1 informal (Of a person) relax after stress or excitement.
- Palm Beach is a place to relax, wind down and live elegantly, and if you want more, remember, Miami Beach is just a short gorgeous, scenic drive down the highway.
- Tired runners and walkers can relax and wind down at the celebration where they can enjoy music, entertainment and light refreshments.
- So, now that I've taken a cool shower, I intend to relax and wind down.
1.2 (also wind something down) Draw or bring gradually to a close: business began to wind down as people awaited the new regime
More example sentences
- If a buyer cannot be found, the company will be wound down and closed.
- Workers at the centre at the Cork Airport Business Park were told that the plant would be wound down over the next three months.
- The weaker he became, the more urgently he focused on winding the business down.
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