from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that winds, especially a textile worker or machine that winds cloth or materials.
- n. An object, such as a spool or barrel, around which material is wound.
- n. A device, such as a key, for winding up a spring-driven mechanism.
- n. One of the steps of a winding staircase.
- n. Upper Southern U.S. Variant of window. See Regional Note at holler2.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A textile worker, or machine, that winds cloth
- n. A spool around which something is wound
- n. A key or knob for winding a clock, watch or clockwork mechanism
- n. One of the steps of a spiral staircase
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, winds; hence, a creeping or winding plant.
- n. An apparatus used for winding silk, cotton, etc., on spools, bobbins, reels, or the like.
- n. One in a flight of steps which are curved in plan, so that each tread is broader at one end than at the other; -- distinguished from flyer.
- v. To fan; to clean grain with a fan.
- n. A blow taking away the breath.
- intransitive v. To wither; to fail.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mechanism for drawing or bending a crossbow.
- n. One who winds, rolls, or coils: as, a bobbin- winder.
- n. An instrument or a machine for winding thread, etc.
- n. The key or utensil used to wind up the spring-work of a roasting-jack.
- n. A plant that twists itself round others.
- n. A winding-step of a staircase.
- n. One who winds or sounds a horn.
- n. (win′ dėr). A blow which takes away the breath.
- n. A fan.
- To fan; clean or winnow with a fan: as, to winder grain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. mechanical device around which something can be wound
- n. mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
- n. a worker who winds (e.g., a winch or clock or other mechanism)
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