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 for winding
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.
     Wander, Wend.]
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     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.
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              Whether to wind
              The woodbine round this arbor.        --Milton.
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     2. To entwist; to infold; to encircle.
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              Sleep, and I will wind thee in arms.  --Shak.
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     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.
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              In his terms so he would him wind.    --Chaucer.
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              Gifts blind the wise, and bribes do please
              And wind all other witnesses.         --Herrick.
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              Were our legislature vested in the prince, he might
              wind and turn our constitution at his pleasure.
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     4. To introduce by insinuation; to insinuate.
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              You have contrived . . . to wind
              Yourself into a power tyrannical.     --Shak.
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              Little arts and dexterities they have to wind in
              such things into discourse.           --Gov. of
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     5. To cover or surround with something coiled about; as, to
        wind a rope with twine.
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     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
            lute." --Waller.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wind \Wind\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Winded; p. pr. & vb. n.
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     1. To expose to the wind; to winnow; to ventilate.
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     2. To perceive or follow by the scent; to scent; to nose; as,
        the hounds winded the game.
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        (a) To drive hard, or force to violent exertion, as a
            horse, so as to render scant of wind; to put out of
        (b) To rest, as a horse, in order to allow the breath to
            be recovered; to breathe.
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     To wind a ship (Naut.), to turn it end for end, so that the
        wind strikes it on the opposite side.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wind \Wind\, v. t. [From Wind, moving air, but confused in
     sense and in conjugation with wind to turn.] [imp. & p. p.
     Wound (wound), R. Winded; p. pr. & vb. n. Winding.]
     To blow; to sound by blowing; esp., to sound with prolonged
     and mutually involved notes. "Hunters who wound their horns."
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           Ye vigorous swains, while youth ferments your blood, .
           . .
           Wind the shrill horn.                    --Pope.
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           That blast was winded by the king.       --Sir W.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Winding \Wind"ing\, n. [From Wind to blow.] (Naut.)
     A call by the boatswain's whistle.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Winding \Wind"ing\, a. [From Wind to twist.]
     Twisting from a direct line or an even surface; circuitous.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Winding \Wind"ing\, n.
     1. A turn or turning; a bend; a curve; flexure; meander; as,
        the windings of a road or stream.
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              To nurse the saplings tall, and curl the grove
              With ringlets quaint, and wanton windings wove.
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     2. The material, as wire or rope, wound or coiled about
        anything, or a single round or turn of the material; as
        (Elec.), a series winding, or one in which the armature
        coil, the field-magnet coil, and the external circuit form
        a continuous conductor; a shunt winding, or one of such a
        character that the armature current is divided, a portion
        of the current being led around the field-magnet coils.
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     Winding engine, an engine employed in mining to draw up
        buckets from a deep pit; a hoisting engine.
     Winding sheet, a sheet in which a corpse is wound or
     Winding tackle (Naut.), a tackle consisting of a fixed
        triple block, and a double or triple movable block, used
        for hoisting heavy articles in or out of a vessel.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: marked by repeated turns and bends; "a tortuous road up
             the mountain"; "winding roads are full of surprises";
             "had to steer the car down a twisty track" [syn:
             tortuous, twisting, twisty, winding,
      2: of a path e.g.; "meandering streams"; "rambling forest
         paths"; "the river followed its wandering course"; "a winding
         country road" [syn: meandering(a), rambling,
         wandering(a), winding]
      n 1: the act of winding or twisting; "he put the key in the old
           clock and gave it a good wind" [syn: wind, winding,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  91 Moby Thesaurus words for "winding":
     aberrant, aberrative, ambages, ambagious, anfractuosity,
     anfractuous, bending, circuitous, circuitousness, circumambages,
     circumbendibus, circumlocution, circumlocutory, circumvolution,
     convoluted, convolution, convolutional, crinkle, crinkling,
     crooked, curving, departing, desultory, deviant, deviating,
     deviative, deviatory, devious, digressive, discursive, errant,
     erratic, excursive, flexuose, flexuosity, flexuous, flexuousness,
     indirect, intorsion, involute, involuted, involution, involutional,
     labyrinthine, mazy, meander, meandering, meandrous, out-of-the-way,
     planetary, rambling, rivose, rivulation, rivulose, roundabout,
     roving, ruffled, serpentine, shifting, sinuate, sinuation, sinuose,
     sinuosity, sinuous, sinuousness, slinkiness, snakiness, snaky,
     stray, swerving, torsion, torsional, tortile, tortility,
     tortuosity, tortuous, tortuousness, turning, twisting, twisty,
     undirected, undulation, vagrant, veering, wandering, wave, waving,
     whorled, wreathlike, wreathy, zigzag

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