a. Of or relating to the act of winning: drew the winning number in the lottery.
b. Successful; victorious: the winning entry; the winning team.
2. Attractive; charming: a winning personality; a winning smile.
1. The act of one that wins; victory.
2. often winnings Something won, especially money.
3. A section of a mine that has been recently prepared or opened for working.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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