Meaning of WINCH in English
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 ~.
OE wince 'reel, pulley', of Gmc origin; related to wink .
Concise Oxford English vocab. Сжатый оксфордский словарь английского языка. 2004