winding

Use the adjective winding to describe something with twists and turns, like a winding country road or a little winding mountain stream.

A path through the woods that has plenty of bends and curves in it is winding, and a river that curls and meanders down to the sea is also winding. The Beatles song "The Long and Winding Road" describes a twisting, indirect road. Winding has an Old English root, the word windan, which means "to turn, twist, or wind."

Definitions of winding
  1. noun
    the act of winding or twisting
    synonyms: twist, wind
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    type of:
    rotary motion, rotation
    the act of rotating as if on an axis
  2. adjective
    marked by repeated turns and bends
    winding roads are full of surprises”
    synonyms: tortuous, twisting, twisty, voluminous
    crooked
    having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned
  3. adjective
    of a path e.g.
    “a winding country road”
    synonyms: meandering, rambling, wandering
    indirect
    not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination
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