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winder

[ wahyn-der ]
/ ˈwaɪn dər /
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noun

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.

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Origin of winder

First recorded in 1545–55; wind2 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for winder

winder
/ (ˈwaɪndə) /

noun

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
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