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  1. a person or thing that winds.
  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 thread or the like.
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Origin of winder

First recorded in 1545–55; wind2 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for winder

Historical Examples

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for winder


  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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