differential windlass


noun

a pair of hoisting drums of different diameter turning at the same rate, such that a pulley suspended below them on a line wound on the larger drum and unwound from the smaller drum is raised with mechanical advantage.

Nearby words

  1. differential rate,
  2. differential stain,
  3. differential topology,
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  5. differential weathering,
  6. differentially,
  7. differentiate,
  8. differentiation,
  9. differentiator,
  10. differently

Also called Chinese windlass.

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British Dictionary definitions for differential windlass

differential windlass

noun

a windlass employing the velocity ratio incurred in unwinding from a small drum while winding onto a larger drum rotating at a common speedAlso called: Chinese windlass
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