[ stem-wahyn-der ]
/ ˈstɛmˈwaɪn dər /
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a stemwinding watch.
- something remarkable of its kind.
- a rousing speech, especially a stirring political address.
- a stirring orator.
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How to use stemwinder in a sentence
There's a new bank examiner over at the First, and he's a stem-winder.Roads of Destiny|O. Henry
Stem-winder somehow has more life in it, more fancy and vividness, than the literal keyless-watch.The American Language|Henry L. Mencken
It is made with a stem winder, and therefore requires no key.Time and Time-Tellers|James W. Benson
"Stem-winder and -setter," continued Barrifield, undisturbed.The Bread Line|Albert Bigelow Paine
It being a "stem winder," the supposition is that, in masticating its food, the fish wound up the watch daily.
British Dictionary definitions for stemwinder
a watch wound by an expanded crown on the bar projecting outside the case, as opposed to one wound by a separate keyAlso called: stem-winding watch
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