noun wind·lass \ˈwin(d)-ləs\

Definition of WINDLASS

:  any of various machines for hoisting or hauling: as
a :  a horizontal barrel supported on vertical posts and turned by a crank so that the hoisting rope is wound around the barrel
b :  a steam or electric winch with horizontal or vertical shaft and two drums used to raise a ship's anchor

Origin of WINDLASS

Middle English wyneles, wyndlas, alteration of wyndase, from Old French guindas, windas, from Old Norse vindāss, from vinda to wind (akin to Old High German wintan to wind) + āss pole; akin to Gothic ans beam
First Known Use: 13th century



Definition of WINDLASS

transitive verb
:  to hoist or haul with a windlass

First Known Use of WINDLASS


Rhymes with WINDLASS


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