Definition of rewind in English:

Share this entry



Pronunciation: /rēˈwīnd/
(past and past participle rewound /-ˈwound/) [with object]
1Wind (a tape or film) back to the beginning.
Example sentences
  • Then the telltale lines on the screen appear as the tape is rewound and the camera pans back.
  • Fat Man's bespectacled sidekick took the woman's video camera and rewound the tape.
  • Michael sent it an electronic signal to tell it to rewind the tape, then he recorded some loud pop music over that section of the cassette.
1.1 [no object] (Of a tape or film) wind back to the beginning.
Example sentences
  • Pressing a key on her badly battered answering machine she smiled as the tape loudly rewound and began to haltingly play messages from the past few days.
  • I also think you're being very unfair to teachers, unless you can find some that just played the film and then went straight on to the Cuban missile crisis while the tape was rewinding.
  • Immediately pause it again because your tape rewound too far.


Pronunciation: /ˈrēˌwīnd/
A mechanism for rewinding a tape or film.
Example sentences
  • The TiVo remote works because my fingers can feel around the rewind, pause and fast-forward buttons.
  • Hitting rewind on the tape recorder verifies that those were, in fact, his words.
  • Those days when we got to know the rewind button on our tape decks too well, while the kids we really wanted to be out playing with were busy.



Pronunciation: /rēˈwīndər/
Example sentences
  • ‘What are WE watching,’ Frankie corrected me again, rewinding the tape, as the VHS video rewinder made its sketchy, squeaking noise.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: re·wind

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.