a vertical or inclined shaft driven downward from a drift into an orebody.
Compare raise(def 38).
Origin of winze1
1750–60; earlier winds, apparently derivative of wind2 in obsolete noun sense “apparatus for winding”
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mining a steeply inclined shaft, as for ventilation between levels
Word Origin for winze
C18: from earlier winds, probably from C14 wynde windlass, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German winde; related to Danish vinde pulley
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