In baseball, the arm and body movements a pitcher makes just before throwing the ball are collectively called the windup. Sports announcers repeat this phrase throughout baseball games: "Here's the windup...and the pitch!"

You can also use windup to mean "conclusion." At the windup of a lengthy meeting, everyone will collect their papers and laptops, and several people will yawn and stretch. The windup of a political campaign might include one last speech and a full-page ad in a newspaper, just before the election. This is the oldest meaning of windup, dating from the 16th century. As an adjective, windup can mean "operated by a mechanism," like a windup toy.

Definitions of windup
  1. noun
    a concluding action
    synonyms: closing, completion, culmination, mop up
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    the act of bringing to completion or fruition
    the completion of marriage by sexual intercourse
    finish, finishing
    the act of finishing
    finalisation, finalization
    the act of finalizing
    carrying some project or intention to full completion
    the act of carrying a stroke to its natural completion
    the successful completion of a program of study
    fruition, realisation, realization
    something that is made real or concrete
    fulfillment, fulfilment
    the act of consummating something (a desire or promise etc)
    close, closing curtain, finale, finis
    the concluding part of any performance
    type of:
    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
  2. adjective
    operated by a mechanism
    windup toys”
    using (or as if using) mechanisms or tools or devices
  3. noun
    (baseball) the series of motions made by a pitcher prior to releasing a pitch
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    type of:
    motility, motion, move, movement
    a change of position that does not entail a change of location
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