Stem-winding
Stem-winding Stem"-wind`ing, a. Wound by mechanism connected with the stem; as, a stem-winding watch. [1913 Webster]

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  • stem-winding — ☆ stem winding [stem′wīn΄diŋ ] adj. wound by turning a knurled knob at the outer end of the stem * * * stem wind·ing (stĕmʹwīn dĭng) adj. 1. Wound by turning an expanded crown on the stem. 2. Of, relating to, or characterized by rousing oration:… …   Universalium

  • stem-winding — ☆ stem winding [stem′wīn΄diŋ ] adj. wound by turning a knurled knob at the outer end of the stem …   English World dictionary

  • stem-winding — adjective Date: 1867 wound by an inside mechanism turned by the knurled knob on the stem < a stem winding watch > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • stem-winding — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ adjective : wound by an inside mechanism turned by the knurled knob at the outside end of the stem a stem winding watch …   Useful english dictionary

  • stem-winding — /ˈstɛm waɪndɪŋ/ (say stem wuynding) adjective wound, as a watch, by turning a knob at the stem …   Australian English dictionary

  • stem-wind|ing — «STEHM WYN dihng», adjective. 1. wound by turning a knob on the stem: »a stem winding watch. 2. U.S. Informal, Figurative. winding up the emotions; rousing; impassioned: »a stem winding orator. His sermons are a far cry from the stem winding… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Stem-winder — Stem wind er, n. 1. A stem winding watch. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: (Fig.) Anything of superior quality, as was attributed to the stem winding watch; esp. used to describe a stirring speech, as in the phrase a stem winder of a speech or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stem-winder — stem wind·er (stĕmʹwīn dər) n. 1. A stem winding watch. 2. A rousing oration, especially a political one. * * * …   Universalium

  • stem — {{11}}stem (n.) O.E. stemn, stefn stem of a plant, also either end post of a ship, from P.Gmc. *stamniz (Cf. O.S. stamm, O.N. stafn stem of a ship; Dan. stamme, Swed. stam trunk of a tree; O.H.G. stam, Ger. Stamm), from PIE root *sta …   Etymology dictionary

  • stem-winder — noun Date: 1875 1. a stem winding watch 2. [from the superiority of the stem winding watch over the older key wound watch] one that is first rate of its kind; especially a stirring speech …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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