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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Here I took the wheels off so you can see the skein winder in situ:
One nice feature of the charkha is that there's a skein winder included.
The men pointed and stared for fifteen minutes before the police chief motioned toward a small wishing well protruding from the lower frame of the machine, exclaiming, “The little crank and shaft for the well bucket is the bobbin winder!”
The freeplay radio and flashlight (although bulky) are worthy objects, especially in isolated environments, but the battery winder is one more gadget that I’d rather not have.
"Well, sir, I won't say anything about the hextry gas, though a poor widder and sevenpence hextry on the thousand, but I'm thinkin 'if you would give my Rosie a lesson once a week on that there pianner, it would be a kind of set-off, for you know, sir, the policeman tells me your winder is a landmark to' im on the foggiest nights."
Pardon the hyphen in wind-er, without it, on the page, it becomes winder which is a completely different word.
The communists obtained at least two complete AlM-9s early in the 'winder's career and copied the design reasonably well.
This kind of winder is unsuited for reeling in a string on which there is a heavy pull, as the hands are working at a great disadvantage at certain points of a revolution.
Upon that the lean, long, and red-bearded Uncle Mitai mounted the shaft horse; in which position he looked like a village steeple or the winder which is used to raise water from wells.
Can hardly await Pres Obama's next bold move - Perhaps another stem-winder?