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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Wind \Wind\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wound (wound) (rarely
Winded); p. pr. & vb. n. Winding.] [OE. winden, AS.
windan; akin to OS. windan, D. & G. winden, OHG. wintan,
Icel. & Sw. vinda, Dan. vinde, Goth. windan (in comp.). Cf.
1. To turn completely, or with repeated turns; especially, to
turn about something fixed; to cause to form convolutions
about anything; to coil; to twine; to twist; to wreathe;
as, to wind thread on a spool or into a ball.
Whether to wind
The woodbine round this arbor. --Milton.
2. To entwist; to infold; to encircle.
Sleep, and I will wind thee in arms. --Shak.
3. To have complete control over; to turn and bend at one's
pleasure; to vary or alter or will; to regulate; to
govern. "To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus." --Shak.
In his terms so he would him wind. --Chaucer.
Gifts blind the wise, and bribes do please
And wind all other witnesses. --Herrick.
Were our legislature vested in the prince, he might
wind and turn our constitution at his pleasure.
4. To introduce by insinuation; to insinuate.
You have contrived . . . to wind
Yourself into a power tyrannical. --Shak.
Little arts and dexterities they have to wind in
such things into discourse. --Gov. of
5. To cover or surround with something coiled about; as, to
wind a rope with twine.
To wind off, to unwind; to uncoil.
To wind out, to extricate. [Obs.] --Clarendon.
To wind up.
(a) To coil into a ball or small compass, as a skein of
thread; to coil completely.
(b) To bring to a conclusion or settlement; as, to wind up
one's affairs; to wind up an argument.
(c) To put in a state of renewed or continued motion, as a
clock, a watch, etc., by winding the spring, or that
which carries the weight; hence, to prepare for
continued movement or action; to put in order anew.
"Fate seemed to wind him up for fourscore years."
--Dryden. "Thus they wound up his temper to a pitch."
(d) To tighten (the strings) of a musical instrument, so
as to tune it. "Wind up the slackened strings of thy
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