winder

noun
wind·er | \ˈwīn-dər \

Definition of winder 

: one that winds: such as

a : a worker or machine that winds thread and yarn

b : a key for winding a mechanism (such as a clock)

c : a step that is wider at one end than at the other (as in a spiral staircase)

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Royals rookie side-winder Tim Hill relinquished his team’s tenuous one-run lead in the seventh. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals bullpen, dormant offense spoil Danny Duffy's start in narrow loss to Twins," 9 July 2018 There’s some speechifying from politicians like Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, but the documentary, to its credit, keeps the stem-winders to a minimum. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "A look onscreen at Marathon history," 5 Apr. 2018 According to Wellsted, the current issue is the winder, also known as the hoist which brings miners up. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly 1,000 Miners Trapped in South African Gold Mine," 1 Feb. 2018 In a video interview, Wellsted describes an electrical surge disabling the winder. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly 1,000 Miners Trapped in South African Gold Mine," 1 Feb. 2018 Called watch winders, the boxes contain oscillating cylinders around which the publicist’s 15 gleaming wristwatches are attached like rings to fingers. Los Angeles Magazine, "Harvey Weinstein’s New Crisis PR Man Once Handled Rush Limbaugh, R. Kelly, and Accused Catholic Priests," 19 Dec. 2017 Bannon, who has toured the country delivering populist stem-winders, painted Tuesday's election as pivotal in the battle against McConnell and the Moore's accusers. Bloomberg, AL.com, "Can Steve Bannon carry Roy Moore across the finish line?," 11 Dec. 2017 Christina Cardone of Philadelphia headed for the ball winder. Andrea Sachs, Philly.com, "On a Windjammer cruise in Maine, passengers knit a seaworthy yarn," 26 Oct. 2017 One day when al-Sadr was trying to pull together a mass meeting of his followers for another of his stem-winders, the kind that eventually launched his bloody uprising, Mattis cut him off at the pass, or, more specifically, at the bus station. Thomas P.m. Barnett, Esquire, "The Monks of War," 23 June 2010

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First Known Use of winder

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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