Meaning of WINCH in English
— wincher , n.
/winch/ , n.
1. the crank or handle of a revolving machine.
2. a windlass turned by a crank, for hoisting or hauling.
3. any of various devices for cranking.
4. Also, wince . Textiles.
a. any machine equipped with rollers that guide cloth through a dye or finishing solution in an open vat.
b. a roller between two dyeing vats for passing cloth from one vat to another.
5. to hoist or haul (a load) by means of a winch.
[ bef. 1050; ME winche, OE wince pulley; akin to WENCH, WINCE 1 , WINK 1 ]
/winch/ , v.i., n. Archaic.
wince 1 .
Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary. Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House . 2012