verb (used with object)
Origin of windlass
Examples from the Web for windlass
When we went into the war we had never built a windlass for a kite balloon.America's Munitions 1917-1918|Benedict Crowell
After a brief pause it was rapidly wound in on the barrel of the windlass.
In the forefront was a windlass and a vast pile of earth and stones, for Peters was sinking a shaft.In the Whirl of the Rising|Bertram Mitford
The men at the windlass ceased turning—leaving the policeman suspended half way down the shaft.Lost Lenore|Charles Beach
To the right, a little way back from the next opening, a small fair-haired girl was rapidly winding in on a miner's windlass.
British Dictionary definitions for windlass
Word Origin for windlass
Word Origin and History for windlass
device for raising weights by winding a rope round a cylinder, c.1400, alteration of wyndase (late 13c.), from Anglo-French windas, and directly from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse vindass, from vinda "to wind" (see wind (v.1)) + ass "pole, beam."