wind-up

windup

[wahynd-uhp]
noun
1.
the conclusion of any action, activity, etc.; the end or close.
2.
a final act or part.
3.
Baseball. the preparatory movements of the arm before pitching a ball. Compare stretch ( def 22 ).
4.
Informal. a mechanical object, as a toy or wristwatch, that is driven by a spring or similar mechanism that must be wound.
5.
an act or instance of winding up.
Also, wind-up.


Origin:
1565–75; noun use of verb phrase wind up

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windup

adjective
1. operated by a mechanism; "windup toys" 

noun
1. a concluding action [syn: completion
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