Winch esters


[win-ches-ter, -chuh-ster]
a city in Hampshire, in S England: cathedral; capital of the early Wessex kingdom and of medieval England.
a town in E Massachusetts, near Boston.
a city in N Virginia: Civil War battles 1862, 1864.
a city in E central Kentucky.
a town in NW Connecticut. Unabridged
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winchester (ˈwɪntʃɪstə)
(sometimes capital) a large cylindrical bottle with a narrow neck used for transporting chemicals. It contains about 2.5 litres
[after Winchester, Hampshire]

Winchester (ˈwɪntʃɪstə)
a city in S England, administrative centre of Hampshire: a Romano-British town; Saxon capital of Wessex; 11th-century cathedral; site of Winchester College (1382), English public school. Pop: 41 420 (2001)

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Word Origin & History

city in Hampshire, capital of Wessex and later of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom, O.E. Uintancæstir (c.730), from Ouenta (c.150), from Venta, a pre-Celtic name perhaps meaning "favored or chief place" + O.E. ceaster "Roman town." The meaning "kind of breech-loading repeating rifle" is from the name of
Oliver F. Winchester (1810-80), U.S. manufacturer.
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Slang Dictionary


n. Informal generic term for sealed-enclosure magnetic-disk drives in which the read-write head planes over the disk surface on an air cushion. There is a legend that the name arose because the original 1973 engineering prototype for what later became the IBM 3340 featured two 30-megabyte volumes; 30-30 became `Winchester' when somebody noticed the similarity to the common term for a famous Winchester rifle (in the latter, the first 30 referred to caliber and the second to the grain weight of the charge). (It is sometimes incorrectly claimed that Winchester was the laboratory in which the technology was developed.)
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