Meaning of WINCH in English

WINCH

I. ˈwinch 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)

[

winch 1

]

II. transitive verb

Date: 1529

: to hoist or haul with or as if with a winch

• winch·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.