a person or thing that winds.
a staircase step for changing direction. Compare flier ( def 9 ).
a plant that coils or twines itself about something.
an instrument or a machine for winding thread or the like.

1545–55; wind2 + -er1 Unabridged
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winder (ˈwaɪndə)
1.  a person or device that winds, as an engine for hoisting the cages in a mine shaft or a device for winding the yarn in textile manufacture
2.  an object, such as a bobbin, around which something is wound
3.  a knob or key used to wind up a clock, watch, or similar mechanism
4.  any plant that twists itself around a support
5.  a step of a spiral staircase

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Stem-winder somehow has more life in it, more fancy and vividness, than the literal keyless-watch.
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