I. noun Date: 1665 1. a. the act of bringing to an end b. a concluding act or part ; finish 2. a. a series of regular and distinctive motions (as swinging the arms) made by a pitcher preparatory to releasing a pitch b. an exaggerated backswing (as in tennis) II. adjective Date: 1784 operated by a spring mechanism wound by hand

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