Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A centrifugal machine used for drying sugar, grain, clothes, etc.

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Examples

  • The instrument designated above as the whizzer is a thin, flat, pointed piece of wood, painted black and sparkling with the specular iron ore which is sprinkled on the surface; three small pieces of turquoise are inlaid in the wood to represent eyes and mouth.

    The Mountain Chant, A Navajo Ceremony Fifth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1883-84, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1887, pages 379-468

  • Yesterday Wally and I loaded up our Renault with the motor mower whizzer, spades, forks, rakes, brooms, and drove to five Rose Hill Road.

    Storyteller

  • Why she was not told she was being foolish and threatened with a fixed whizzer for Wasting Police Time is quite beyond me, but the ensuing row has at least ensured that it will not be repeated; suffice it to say that there were very good reasons why I preferred sleeping rough to returning home.

    One Of Our Airheads Is Missing! « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • I'm sure there's a word in German -- they are a whizzer with those kicky compound nouns -- but none in English for that precise combination.

    Archive 2006-05-28

  • Pour about a cupful of poppyseeds with 2-3 tbsp of icing sugar into a whizzer/grinder and whizz until you see the colour change to a nice poppyseed grey.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • "Ain't this been a gee-whizzer of a storm?" queried the oil man, holding the two Aleuts at arm's length.

    On a Torn-Away World Or, the Captives of the Great Earthquake

  • "I've seen considerable fools in my life, but when a man gits to where he thinks he kin put over a whizzer on God A'mighty an 'git away with it -- it's pretty close to cashin' in time fer him."

    Prairie Flowers

  • Snake youths, the priests, and in the rear a costumed warrior with bow and whizzer.

    The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi

  • Again the standard bearer, with his whizzer or thunder-maker, leads, followed by the asperger, and we hear the sound of thunder, as the whizzer (sometimes called the bull-roarer) is whirled rapidly over the priest's head.

    The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi

  • Led by their chief, bearing the insignia of the Antelope fraternity and the whizzer, followed by the asperger, with his medicine bowl and aspergill and wearing a chaplet of green cottonwood leaves on his long, glossy, black hair, they circle the plaza four times, each time stamping heavily on the sipapu board with the right foot, as a signal to the spirits of the underworld that they are about to begin the ceremony.

    The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi

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