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winder Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a worker who winds (e.g., a winch or clock or other mechanism)
  2. noun mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
    key.
  3. noun mechanical device around which something can be wound
WordNet

Wind"er noun
Etymology
From Wind to turn.
Definitions
  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 transitive verb & intransitive verb
Etymology
Prov. E. winder a fan, and to winnow. . Cf. Winnow.
Definitions
  1. To fan; to clean grain with a fan. Prov. Eng.
Wind"er noun
Definitions
  1. A blow taking away the breath. Slang
Wind"er intransitive verb
Definitions
  1. To wither; to fail. Obs. Holland.

Webster 1913