Definition of windup in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwīndˌəp/


1An act of concluding or finishing something: the windup of the convention
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  • In his opinion, the wind-ups are the result of Bulgaria's pending EU accession.
  • The July wind-up coincides with the launch by Eircell of the country's first controlled pilot project on the recycling of disused mobile phones, batteries and chargers.
  • All summer long the tour had traversed the county and played 22 times on Kerry courses and this was the wind-up.
2 Baseball The motions of a pitcher immediately before delivering the ball, in which they take a step back, lift the hands over the head, and step forward.
Example sentences
  • Even Tiant's repertoire of pace-changing wind-ups did little to confuse the Reds' batters.
  • This hurler has cultivated an elaborate windup.
  • The 28-year-old Burnett, whose across-the-body delivery has concerned scouts for years, tinkered with a new windup this spring before going back to his old motion.
3British informal An attempt to tease or irritate someone.
Example sentences
  • I'm sure Sergen meant well and simply wanted to share his pleasure with the widest possible audience, yet there is a dark interpretation of these events: namely, that the Besiktas players were attempting some kind of wind-up.
  • Kerry will be presenting a show of wind-ups and pranks.
  • The build-up has the atmosphere of a phoney war as the rivals perfect the various practical jokes and wind-ups that will help unsettle their enemy's preparations.


(Of a toy or other device) functioning by means of winding a key or handle: a windup clock
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  • Fully dressed, she lay atop the bedclothes clutching a windup alarm clock with double brass hemispheres on top, registering its hypertensive ticktock like the pulse of a mechanical hummingbird.
  • A windup alarm clock, for example, uses a tension spring as a drive mechanism, an escapement wheel, and the gear driven mechanical hands moving across the clock face as a display of the time.
  • What is the value of a portable wind-up gramophone I have?

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Syllabification: wind·up

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