Meaning of WINCH in English

WINCH

I. ˈwinch noun

( -es )

Etymology: Middle English winche, from Old English wince; akin to Old English wincian to close one's eyes, blink — more at wink

1.

a. obsolete : roller , reel

b. : a roller placed between two dyeing vats in such a way that the fabric placed over the roller can be shifted from one vat to the other

2. : any of various machines or instruments for hauling or pulling: as

a. : a powerful machine having one or more barrels or drums on which to coil a rope, cable, or chain for hauling or hoisting : windlass

b. Britain : a reel for a fishing rod

c. : any of various textile machines having a roller for moving fabric through a vat during finishing and dyeing processes

3. : a crank with a handle for giving motion to a revolving part of a machine

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II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

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

2. : to put into a dyeing vat by means of a winch

III.

archaic

variant of wince I

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