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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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Plans are also afoot to rope in a professional agency to do an independent survey to find out winnable candidates.
In a way, because of it he's created barriers around him, the results two weeks ago Monza was good for his confidence and he realises this championship is winnable, realised he's got to focus get every result and every point," he added.
The next five are eminently winnable, before Newcastle come to Anfield at the end of the month.
Thomas Frieden's declaration of "six winnable battles" as healthcare priorities, Ted Fang, Director, AsianWeek Foundation and Co-Founder, Hep B Free movement, released the following statement:
He said: "I absolutely think that it's a war that's winnable and, in fact, we are winning it.
I think we'll see more women in winnable Conservative seats and more women getting involved in politics generally.
The Russians were there for nine years and ended up having to go out of the country because it just wasn't winnable.
We have three games left and all of them are winnable," insisted Stark.
Sodje, who scored against the Blades on Saturday, said: "It's very winnable and we're taking it very seriously.
It is not a winnable situation and we should bow out as soon as possible.
It is winnable and it is a very long undertaking,'' Gates said.
Conservatives would, just as likely, argue that we cannot solve the civil wars of other nations and should not spend our blood and treasury unless doing so is vital to our national interests, and the fight is clearly winnable.