- 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.]
- To entwist; to infold; to encircle."Sleep, and I will wind thee in arms." [Shak.]
- 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 winda 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." [Addison.]
- 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 Tongue.]
- To cover or surround with something coiled about; as, to wind a rope with twine.
Etymology: OE. winden, AS. windan; akin to OS. windan, D. & G. winden, OHG. wintan, Icel. & Sw. vinda, Dan. vinde, Goth. windanin comp.). Cf. Wander Wend