Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes) of the southwest United States and Mexico that moves by a distinctive lateral looping motion of its body and has a hornlike scaly projection above each eye.
  • noun A powerful swinging punch delivered from the side.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The small horned rattler or rattlesnake of the southwestern parts of the United States, Crotalus (Æchmophrys) cerastes.
  • noun A heavy swinging blow from the side, which disables an adversary.
  • noun In lumbering, a tree knocked down unexpectedly by the falling of another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) See Horned rattler, under horned.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A North American rattlesnake, Crotalus cerastes, that inhabits lowland deserts.
  • noun slang A person who is untrustworthy and dangerous.
  • noun slang, dated A heavy swinging blow from the side which disables an adversary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun small pale-colored desert rattlesnake of southwestern United States; body moves in an s-shaped curve
  • noun air-to-air missile with infrared homing device

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

side +‎ winder. From the sideways, looping manner in which they move.

Examples

  • Though sidewinder is right, the POLICE DVD sounds INCREDIBLE on the computer DVD player with headphones on!

    The Debate Rages On...

  • But sidewinder is alive - though well-being and sanity will be suspect depending on what happens in the bar tonight - she already has untold stories about being in the bar LAST night.

    GRRRRRRR....

  • And since sidewinder is going to send one - I've got to get the strangely goofy birthday card out to Ian Copeland.

    Ow, Ow, Ow, Ow, OW

  • Need to take some Advil. sidewinder is SERIOUSLY trying to get me to snort said coffee through my nose.

    OW, OW, OW, OW

  • Though I'm enjoying the pretty pictures sidewinder is sharing.

    So It's Friday...

  • I may even watch Witchblade - just so I hve a clue about what sidewinder is talking about tomorrow.

    Croak...

  • Did he just try some kind of sidewinder cross-body swing throw?

    Fanhouse Main

  • I did, in post #10 or so, then "sidewinder" did, in the very next post, then "jtwild" listed the excesses of the

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • I did, in post #10 or so, then "sidewinder" did, in the very next post, then "jtwild" listed the excesses of the

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • In fact, he would want to know if this book includes the sidewinder engine that was used to haul timber in mountainous terrain as well as cog railways.

    Mountain-Climbing Trains « Awful Library Books

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