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(Said of people, computers, algorithms, programs) (To be) a success at a given task.

E.g. "WYSIWYG is a clear win for small documents".

"winnitude" is the quality that something which wins has. "winning" is often (ab)used as an adjective.

Synonyms: cuspy, elegant. Antonym: lose. Compare lossy, lossless.


(1) A short name for Windows versions; for example, Win7, Win8 and Win10. In the 1990s, the executable program name for Windows 3.0 and 3.1 was WIN.EXE, which was typed in after DOS booted. Microsoft surely must have enjoyed having millions of people type "win" every time they launched Windows. See Windows 3.0.

(2) All the Windows "how to's" in this encyclopedia contain a "Win" prefix.

(3) (WIN) (Wireless Intelligent Network) A control system for cellular phone networks. Also known as IS-41 and ANSI-41, WIN and EDGE were key elements in the UWC-136 initiative. See UWC Consortium.
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At Valladolid, Sergio Garcia scored two second half goals to lead Betis, who snapped a six-match winless run.
In pool A of Division Four of the Under-12 League, Newcastle East Griffins A beat winless Cramlington Vikings 20-8.
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I didn't fully know what to expect coming into a program that was winless the year before, but I was impressed with this team's attitude from Day 1.
San Luis (6-4-2), which claimed a 1-0 win over visiting Monterrey (4-3-5) on Sebastian Pereira's first-half goal, leads the group, with Veracruz (6-5-1) taking the second spot with a 5-1 rout of winless Santos.
Men's soccer: UCLA (4-3-2) went winless on its Pacific-10 Conference opening trip to the Bay Area, rallying for a 1-1 draw with Stanford on former Quartz Hill High star Kiel McClung's 77th-minute goal.
Mission (5-0-2) entered the match winless in three previous meetings against Santa Ana (3-2-2).
Damian Alvarez, Aquivaldo Mosquera and Juan Carlos Cacho tallied in Pachuca's 3-1 triumph at Pumas UNAM, and Francisco Bravo scored twice to lead UAG Tecos past winless Santos 4-2.
The Marauders, who are coming off their first winless season in program history and will look to avoid a school record 17th consecutive loss, play host to defending Northern California finalist Reedley at 5 p.