noun \ˈwinch\

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

Full Definition of WINCH

:  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
:  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



Definition of WINCH

transitive verb
:  to hoist or haul with or as if with a winch
winch·er noun

First Known Use of WINCH



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