- the crank or handle of a revolving machine.
- a windlass turned by a crank, for hoisting or hauling.
- any of various devices for cranking.
- Also wince. Textiles.
- any machine equipped with rollers that guide cloth through a dye or finishing solution in an open vat.
- a roller between two dyeing vats for passing cloth from one vat to another.
- to hoist or haul (a load) by means of a winch.
Origin of winch1
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Examples from the Web for winch
Video of the search shows the winch struggling to cope with the stormy conditions.William's Winchman Wins Bravery Award
September 28, 2012
Then out of the mist, a whirring of helicopter blades, and, deus ex machina, a man descends fromt he chopper to winch you aboard.Girl Rescued by Prince William Speaks!
August 30, 2012
In the circle in winch he moved, he was the friend of everybody and everybody was his friend.Cleveland Past and Present
I was awakened in the small hours by the rattle of the winch.The Great White Tribe in Filipinia
Paul T. Gilbert
Suffice it, too, that the problem of Winch remained unsolved.
But Mr. Fotheringay never heard what Mr. Winch was going to tell him.
One of the footmen ran for the winch, and another brought a knife from the house.Black Beauty
- a windlass driven by a hand- or power-operated crank
- a hand- or power-operated crank by which a machine is driven
- (tr; often foll by up or in) to pull (in a rope) or lift (a weight) using a winch
Old English wince pulley; related to wink 1
- (intr) an obsolete word for wince 1
Word Origin and History for winch
Old English wince, from Proto-Germanic *winkjo-, from PIE *weng- (see wink (v.)).
"to hoist with a winch," 1520s, from winch (n.). Related: Winched; winching.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper