windlass

[ wind-luhs ]

noun
  1. a device for raising or hauling objects, usually consisting of a horizontal cylinder or barrel turned by a crank, lever, motor, or the like, upon which a cable, rope, or chain winds, the outer end of the cable being attached directly or indirectly to the weight to be raised or the thing to be hauled or pulled; winch.

verb (used with object)
  1. to raise, haul, or move (a load) by means of a windlass.

Origin of windlass

1
1350–1400; Middle English wind(e)las<Old Norse vindāss, equivalent to vinda to wind2 + āss beam

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windlass

/ (ˈwɪndləs) /


noun
  1. a machine for raising weights by winding a rope or chain upon a barrel or drum driven by a crank, motor, etc

verb
  1. (tr) to raise or haul (a weight, etc) by means of a windlass

Origin of windlass

1
C14: from Old Norse vindáss, from vinda to wind ² + ass pole; related to Old French guindas, Middle Low German, Dutch windas

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