AskDefine | Define winder

The Collaborative Dictionary

Winder \Wind"er\, v. t. & i. [Prov. E. winder a fan, and to winnow. ?. Cf. Winnow.] To fan; to clean grain with a fan. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]
Winder \Wind"er\, n. A blow taking away the breath. [Slang] [1913 Webster]
Winder \Wind"er\, v. i. To wither; to fail. [Obs.] --Holland. [1913 Webster]
Winder \Wind"er\, n. [From Wind to turn.] [1913 Webster]
One who, or that which, winds; hence, a creeping or winding plant. [1913 Webster]
An apparatus used for winding silk, cotton, etc., on spools, bobbins, reels, or the like. [1913 Webster]
(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. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



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




  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
Winder may refer to:
  • A winder, a device for transferring energy into a mechanical storage such as mainsprings or the weights of a longcase clock. Its supply may be the hand—most familiarly so—or an electric motor.
  • A winder, a machine for wrapping string, twine, cord, thread, yarn, rope, wire, ribbon, tape, etc. onto a spool, bobbin, reel, etc.
  • A winder, one in a series of wedge shaped steps in a stairway, used to make a 90 degree turn.



Other uses

  • Winder Farms, online grocer
  • USS PCS-1376, a ship given of the US Navy, given the name Winder toward the end of its period of service
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