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1. Wound by turning an expanded crown on the stem.
2. Of, relating to, or characterized by rousing oration: "a stem-winding style that one associates with the Senate of a hundred years ago" (New Yorker).
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But back just before the start of the 20th century, stem-winding watches were the latest, greatest thing.
Then came Leon Panetta, his predecessor at the CIA and the evening's main honoree, who delivered a stem-winding emotional speech to fervent applause.
There was dark, resonant cello work in the trio section, followed by a stem-winding concluding finale.