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.
- wincher, noun
- wench, winch
Other definitions for winch (2 of 2)
an archaic variant of wince1.
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How to use winch in a sentence
This seemed good advice, so the auxiliary engine was started and the winches began turning slowly.Tom Swift and His Giant Telescope | Victor Appleton
For Captain Cable could be heard on deck giving his orders, and already the winches were at work.The Vultures | Henry Seton Merriman
All was bustle and keen activity; the clang of locomotive bells and the rattle of steamboat winches echoed about the streets.Northwest! | Harold Bindloss
There are no winches or wheels or artful mechanical contrivances of weights and levers and cables.The Incredible Honeymoon | E. Nesbit
Bells tolled, wheels rattled, and the clang of the steamer's winches pierced the din.Northwest! | Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for winch (1 of 2)
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
- wincher, noun
British Dictionary definitions for winch (2 of 2)
(intr) an obsolete word for wince 1
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