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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Wound by turning an expanded crown on the stem.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by rousing oration: "a stem-winding style that one associates with the Senate of a hundred years ago” ( New Yorker).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wound by mechanism connected with the stem.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wound by turning the stem, and not by a key: said of a watch.

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