winch

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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)
  1. to hoist or haul (a load) by means of a winch.

Origin of winch

1
before 1050; Middle English winche, Old English wince pulley; akin to wench, wince1, wink1
Related formswinch·er, noun
Can be confusedwench winch

winch

2
[winch]
verb (used without object), noun Archaic.
  1. wince1.
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tool, chuck, winch

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British Dictionary definitions for winch

winch

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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
  1. (tr; often foll by up or in) to pull (in a rope) or lift (a weight) using a winch
Derived Formswincher, noun

Word Origin for winch

Old English wince pulley; related to wink 1

winch

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verb
  1. (intr) an obsolete word for wince 1
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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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