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winch1

[winch] /wɪntʃ/
noun
1.
the crank or handle of a revolving machine.
2.
a windlass turned by a crank, for hoisting or hauling.
3.
any of various devices for cranking.
4.
Also, wince. Textiles.
  1. any machine equipped with rollers that guide cloth through a dye or finishing solution in an open vat.
  2. a roller between two dyeing vats for passing cloth from one vat to another.
verb (used with object)
5.
to hoist or haul (a load) by means of a winch.
Origin of winch1
1050
before 1050; Middle English winche, Old English wince pulley; akin to wench, wince1, wink1
Related forms
wincher, noun
Can be confused
wench, winch.

winch2

[winch] /wɪntʃ/
verb (used without object), noun, Archaic.
1.
wince1 .
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Examples from the Web for winch
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  • In the circle in winch he moved, he was the friend of everybody and everybody was his friend.

  • I was awakened in the small hours by the rattle of the winch.

  • But Mr. Fotheringay never heard what Mr. winch was going to tell him.

    Tales of Space and Time Herbert George Wells
  • Suffice it, too, that the problem of winch remained unsolved.

    Tales of Space and Time Herbert George Wells
  • One of the footmen ran for the winch, and another brought a knife from the house.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • The crowd that had gathered on the shingle worked at the winch and ropes.

    A Poor Man's House

    Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • We rowed to the ship and the line was carried aboard and tagged onto a winch.

    Swept Out to Sea

    W. Bertram Foster
  • A blunder of mine, when I went to the winch to get up anchor, settled the question.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
British Dictionary definitions for winch

winch1

/wɪntʃ/
noun
1.
a windlass driven by a hand- or power-operated crank
2.
a hand- or power-operated crank by which a machine is driven
verb
3.
(transitive; often foll by up or in) to pull (in a rope) or lift (a weight) using a winch
Derived Forms
wincher, noun
Word Origin
Old English wince pulley; related to wink1

winch2

/wɪntʃ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) an obsolete word for wince1
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Word Origin and History for winch
n.

Old English wince, from Proto-Germanic *winkjo-, from PIE *weng- (see wink (v.)).

v.

"to hoist with a winch," 1520s, from winch (n.). Related: Winched; winching.

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