Here is the example,

The long and winding road leads to your door.

I know the present-participle modifiers may indicate something undergoing a process or somebody doing something. But I think the "winding" here neither represents a ongoing process nor an activity and it indicates the mentioned road has a curving shape. The word seems to represent a state or quality. Is my understanding right? How should I understand the meaning by the present-participle form of the verb "wind"?

  • A winding road is a road that winds its way along its allotted path, just like a river does. As opposed to (tired) people, who are more likely to wend their weary way (home, or wherever the're going). But I think that wend relates to wander, not wind. Dec 27, 2020 at 16:04

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To wind is to turn repeatedly in different directions, as in

The river winds through the valley.

The path wound among olive trees.

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The adjective winding originated from this verb, and, as you have correctly noted, describes something that has a curving shape; is twisting, or turning.

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