Meaning of WINCH in English

WINCH

n.

Pronunciation: ' winch

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English winche roller, reel, from Old English wince; akin to Old English wincian to wink

Date: before 12th century

1 : any of various machines or instruments for hauling or pulling especially : a powerful machine with one or more drums on which to coil a rope, cable, or chain for hauling or hoisting : WINDLASS

2 : a crank with a handle for giving motion to a machine (as a grindstone)

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