A large cylindrical bottle for holding liquids.‘Today, solvents and corrosive compounds such as hydrochloric acid are commonly supplied in Winchesters.’
Early 18th century originally applied to containers holding a bushel, gallon, or quart, according to an obsolete system of measurement with standards kept at Winchester (see Winchester).
1A city in southern England, the county town of Hampshire; population 43,800 (est. 2009). Known to the Romans as Venta Belgarum, it became capital of the West Saxon kingdom of Wessex in 519. It is the site of Winchester College, one of the oldest public schools in England, founded by the bishop of Winchester, William of Wykeham, in 1382.
2A historic city in north-western Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley; population 25,897 (est. 2008).
1(also Winchester rifle)Trademark A breech-loading side-action repeating rifle.
- ‘At Plevna the Russians' use of howitzers firing over the heads of their assault troops negated the Turks superior infantry firepower - provided by Winchester rifles - by forcing the defenders to take cover against the bursting shells.’
- ‘The new Winchesters feature inertial triggers and a conventional tang safety that also doubles as a barrel selector.’
- ‘The 1885, as with most Winchesters of the time, was offered with many options including barrel length, round, octagon barrels or a combination thereof, set triggers, fancy wood and special sights.’
- ‘The three-position safety is reminiscent of Winchesters and allows operation of the bolt for unloading while in the middle, but still safe, position.’
- ‘Millions upon millions of traditional ejecting Winchesters have been sold so there must be something comfortably right about them.’
2(also Winchester disk, drive)Computing
A disk drive in a sealed unit containing a high-capacity hard disk and the read-write heads.
- ‘Many people don't realize that the founding fathers of the Winchester disk drive at IBM Corporation originally mandated that the computer's primary storage device, the magnetic hard disk drive, was to be removable.’
- ‘When hard drives started appearing in personal computers, computer guys would ask, ‘Does it have a Winchester drive?’’
- ‘But the fiercely competitive makers of Winchester drives have fought off foreign competition.’
- ‘News Seagate is hoping to build a new direction for hard disk development by acquiring a startup that implements optical technology on Winchester drives to increase data density.’
- ‘As time goes by, it is becoming harder to get hold of spares or some of the more exciting bits of hardware like second processors or Winchester drives.’
From the name of name of Oliver F. Winchester (1810–80), the American manufacturer of the rifle. Winchester (sense 2) is so named because its original numerical designation corresponded to the calibre of the rifle.