verb (used with or without object), re·wound or (Rare) re·wind·ed; re·wind·ing.

  1. to wind again.
  2. to wind back to or toward the beginning; reverse.


  1. an act or instance of rewinding.
  2. Recording.
    1. a function of an audio or video recorder or player, as a cassette deck or DVR, that returns the audio or video incrementally to an earlier point.
    2. the button or other control that activates this reversing function.
  3. a camera control or mechanism used to wind film back into a film cassette.

verb (riːˈwaɪnd) -winds, -winding or -wound

  1. (tr) to wind back, esp a film or tape onto the original reel

noun (ˈriːˌwaɪnd, riːˈwaɪnd)

  1. something rewound
  2. the act of rewinding

also re-wind, 1717, from re- “back, again” + wind (v.1). Noun meaning “mechanism for rewinding film or tape” is recorded from 1938. Related: Rewound; rewinding.

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