Meaning of WINCH in English

WINCH

■ noun

1》 a hauling or lifting device consisting of a rope or chain winding around a horizontal rotating drum, turned by a crank or by motor.

↘ Brit. the reel of a fishing rod.

2》 the crank of a wheel or axle.

3》 another term for wince 2 .

■ verb hoist or haul with a ~.

Derivatives

~er noun

Origin

OE wince 'reel, pulley', of Gmc origin; related to wink .

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