winder

[wahyn-der]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. windbreaker,
  2. windburn,
  3. windcheater,
  4. windchest,
  5. winded,
  6. windermere,
  7. windfall,
  8. windfall tax,
  9. windfarm,
  10. windflaw

Origin of winder

First recorded in 1545–55; wind2 + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for winder

winder

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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