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 v. t. & i. To fan; to clean grain with a fan. [Prov. Eng.]
Wind·er, n. A blow taking away the breath. [Slang]
Wind·er, v. i. To wither; to fail. [Obs.]
n 1: a worker who winds (e.g., a winch or clock or other
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