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[v. ree-wahynd; n. ree-wahynd] /v. riˈwaɪnd; n. ˈriˌwaɪnd/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), rewound or (Rare) rewinded; rewinding.
to wind again.
to wind back to or toward the beginning; reverse.
an act or instance of rewinding.
a function of a tape recorder or tape deck that causes the tape to wind backward.
a push button or other control for reversing or reeling, as on a tape player.
a camera control or mechanism used to wind film back into a film cassette.
1710-20; re- + wind2
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rewinder, noun Unabridged
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Examples for rewind
  • Of course, if you rewind the movie of the history of a galaxy, you will see the stages of its formation in reverse order.
  • The film studios are now desperate to rewind their video businesses back to better times.
  • Yet, rewind the clock a bit, and one can achieve some clarity from this muddy picture.
  • They're not suddenly going to press the rewind button and totally unlay you off.
  • But it hadn't been as simple as pushing a rewind button.
  • As if on rewind, she is telling her own story again.
  • It was one of those sets where you wish you could rewind it and experience the whole thing over again, right now.
  • Please be patient and use the rewind or fast-forward buttons.
British Dictionary definitions for rewind


verb (riːˈwaɪnd) -winds, -winding, -wound
(transitive) to wind back, esp a film or tape onto the original reel
noun (ˈriːˌwaɪnd; riːˈwaɪnd)
something rewound
the act of rewinding
Derived Forms
rewinder, noun
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Word Origin and History for rewind
1717, from re- "back, again" + wind (v.). Noun meaning "mechanism for rewinding film or tape" is recorded from 1938.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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