Main definitions of Winchester in English

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Winchester1

proper noun

  • A historic city in northwestern Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley; population 25,897 (est. 2008)

Main definitions of Winchester in English

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Winchester2

noun

  • 1trademark A breech-loading side-action repeating rifle.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Millions upon millions of traditional ejecting Winchesters have been sold so there must be something comfortably right about them.’
    • ‘The three-position safety is reminiscent of Winchesters and allows operation of the bolt for unloading while in the middle, but still safe, position.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2Computing
    A disk drive in a sealed unit containing a high-capacity hard disk and the read-write heads.

    • ‘When hard drives started appearing in personal computers, computer guys would ask, ‘Does it have a Winchester drive?’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the fiercely competitive makers of Winchester drives have fought off foreign competition.’
    • ‘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.’