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winch

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noun \ˈwinch\

Simple Definition of winch

  • : a machine that has a rope or chain and that is used for pulling or lifting heavy things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of winch

  1. 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. 2 :  a crank with a handle for giving motion to a machine (as a grindstone)

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Origin of winch

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with winch


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winch

verb

Definition of winch

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

wincher noun


1529

First Known Use of winch

1529


WINCH Defined for Kids

winch

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noun \ˈwinch\

Definition of winch for Students

  1. :  a machine that has a roller on which rope is wound for pulling or lifting




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