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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.
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(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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Kane converted from 12 yards as his 100th Premier League goal earned Spurs a point.
Ryan Shawcross's first-half own goal and strikes after the break from Heung-Min Son,Harry Kane's brace and Christian Eriksen earned Spurs their first league win in five games.
Pochettino hailed "killer" Kane once again after his perfect treble earned Spurs a 3-0 Champions League win at APOEL Nicosia.
As soon after, Erik Lamela's deflected free-kick earned Spurs a corner which Holtby delivered to the near-post for an airborne Paulinho to stab home.
The 29-year-old earned Spurs a deserved Premier League 1-0 win at White Hart Lane, turning well before firing home in the 63rd minute.
Clinched Robbie Keane's late goal earned Spurs a 3-2 win over Fiorentina.
A JERMAIN Defoe hat-trick earned Spurs a fifth-round FA Cup trip to Bolton as they sank Leeds in an absorbing replay last night.
HARRY REDKNAPP claimed a moral victory after a storming second-half fightback at Villa Park and said: "Top four - why not?" Michael Dawson's superb finish 12 minutes from time earned Spurs a thoroughly deserved point in a 1-1 draw after Gabriel Agbonlahor had scrambled home a 10th-minute opener for Villa.
Then just four minutes into the extended period, a somewhat fortunate header from Woodgate earned Spurs their first trophy since they claimed the Worthington Cup in 1999.
Elsewhere Robbie Keane's late winner earned Spurs a 3-2 away victory in Portugal after Braga had fought back from two goals down.
It was Keane's work that gave Sheringham so much space, though, and that earned Spurs three points in the end.
A superb Christian Ziege free-kick (above) earned Spurs a share of the spoils in the North London derby and saw the Gunners drift from 10-11 to 11-10 to retain their title.