1. A crank with a handle, for giving motion to a machine, a grindstone, etc.
2. An instrument with which to turn or strain something forcibly.
3. An axle or drum turned by a crank with a handle, or by power, for raising weights, as from the hold of
a ship, from mines, etc.; a windlass.
4. A wince.
Wincing machine. (a) A wince. Ure. (b) A succession of winces. See Wince. Knight.
(Win"cing) n. The act of washing cloth, dipping it in dye, etc., with a wince.
(Win"co*pipe) n. (Bot.) A little red flower, no doubt the pimpernel, which, when it opens in
the morning, is supposed to bode a fair day. See Pimpernel.
There is small red flower in the stubble fields, which country people call the wincopipe; which if it opens
in the morning, you may be sure a fair day will follow.Bacon.
(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 Cf. Wander, Wend.]
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
Whether to windMilton.
The woodbine round this arbor.
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 pleaseHerrick.
And wind all other witnesses.
Were our legislature vested in the prince, he might wind and turn our constitution at his pleasure.Addison.
4. To introduce by insinuation; to insinuate.
You have contrived . . . to windShak.
Yourself into a power tyrannical.
Little arts and dexterities they have to wind in such things into discourse.Gov. of Tongue.
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." Atterbury. (d) To tighten (the
strings) of a musical instrument, so as to tune it. "Wind up the slackened strings of thy lute." Waller.