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Webster 1913 Edition


Winder

Wind′er

,
Noun.
[From
Wind
to turn.]
1.
One who, or that which, winds; hence, a creeping or winding plant.
2.
An apparatus used for winding silk, cotton, etc., on spools, bobbins, reels, or the like.
3.
(Arch.)
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.

Wind′er

,
Verb.
T.
&
I.
[Prov. E.
winder
a fan, and to winnow. [GREEK]. Cf.
Winnow
.]
To fan; to clean grain with a fan.
[Prov. Eng.]

Wind′er

,
Noun.
A blow taking away the breath.
[Slang]

Wind′er

,
Verb.
I.
To wither; to fail.
[Obs.]
Holland.

Webster 1828 Edition


Winder

WINDER

,
Verb.
T.
To fan; to clean grain with a fan. [Local.]

Definition 2021


Winder

Winder

See also: winder

English

Proper noun

Winder

  1. A surname.
  2. A city and county seat of Barrow County, Georgia.

winder

winder

See also: Winder

English

Noun

winder (plural winders)

  1. A textile worker, or machine, that winds cloth
  2. A spool around which something is wound
  3. A key or knob for winding a clock, watch or clockwork mechanism
  4. One of the steps of a spiral staircase (as opposed to a flyer, or straight step).

Etymology 2

wind + -er

Noun

winder (plural winders)

  1. (slang) A blow that winds somebody, or takes away their breath.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 8
      "Well!" exclaimed the miner. "That's a winder." He considered it a moment, said "H'm!" and proceeded with his dinner. Suddenly his face contracted with wrath. "I hope he may never set foot i' my house again," he said.

Etymology 3

Related to winnow.

Verb

winder (third-person singular simple present winders, present participle windering, simple past and past participle windered)

  1. To fan; to clean grain with a fan.

Etymology 4

Noun

winder (plural winders)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of window.
    • 1868, Ann Sophia Stephens, Doubly False
      That accounts for my having the dress, but it don't account for the piece that you left sticking to the rose-bush under Mrs. Lander's bed-room winder, which piece I took off that morning, and which piece I matched with the dress after you pitched it at me over them bannisters []

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