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winder

[ wahyn-der ]

noun

  1. a person or thing that winds. wind.
  2. a staircase step for changing direction. Compare flier ( def 9 ).
  3. a plant that coils or twines itself about something.
  4. an instrument or a machine for winding wind thread or the like.


winder

/ ˈwaɪndə /

noun

  1. 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
  2. an object, such as a bobbin, around which something is wound
  3. a knob or key used to wind up a clock, watch, or similar mechanism
  4. any plant that twists itself around a support
  5. a step of a spiral staircase


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Word History and Origins

Origin of winder1

First recorded in 1545–55; wind 2 + -er 1

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Example Sentences

The Queen is looking for a new clock winder - sorry, 'horological conservator' - to manage her collection fo over 1,000 clocks.

And five minutes later that critter he came To the second floor winder surrounded by flame.

I'd pitch him out o' winder, only he couldn't fall far enough, 'cause o' the leads outside.'

"I've lived all my days without ary winder, an' got along mighty well," said she.

You'll find something the Count give me to bring yer; I've put it on the winder-sill out 'ere.

Spinks's Charlotte is a very different affair—and there she is at the winder over the way.

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