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[wahyn-der] /ˈwaɪn dər/
a person or thing that winds.
a staircase step for changing direction.
Compare flier (def 9).
a plant that coils or twines itself about something.
an instrument or a machine for winding thread or the like.
Origin of winder
First recorded in 1545-55; wind2 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Now set right down here, where you can see out o' the winder.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • You jest pull in my sheets, an' shet the winder, while I do it.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Except the milk, and he gave me my ha'porth through the winder.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • There's house with a winder, but I am afraid of their being proud.

  • I shut every winder tight and I make Kenelm do the same thing.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Anyhow, I thought I'd try to make sure it 'twas him I see at the winder.'

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • My woman'll be glad to see you, an' Jinney too,—there she is now, at the winder.

  • winder with the Stonewall Brigade bivouacked at Newtown, twelve miles north.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • "More and more troops are coming upon the plateau," said winder.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • General winder has ridden down to the bridge to see General Jackson.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for winder


a person or device that winds, as an engine for hoisting the cages in a mine shaft or a device for winding the yarn in textile manufacture
an object, such as a bobbin, around which something is wound
a knob or key used to wind up a clock, watch, or similar mechanism
any plant that twists itself around a support
a step of a spiral staircase
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Related Terms

sidewinder, stem-winding

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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