- 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”
- a curse.
Origin of winze2
1775–85; perhaps < Dutch wens wish, wensen to wish; see wish
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Examples from the Web for winze
There was no draught, such as he had believed would issue from the winze.The Copper Princess
They were in a winze about thirty fathoms from the engine-shaft.
They were in a level which the water entered, not by flowing along or descending, but, by rising up through a winze.
On hearing the noise they ran to this winze, and, looking down, saw the water boiling and roaring far below.
By this time Oliver had partially recovered, and suggested that they should ascend the winze to the top.
- mining a steeply inclined shaft, as for ventilation between levels
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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