differential windlass


Definition of differential windlass

: a windlass that has a barrel with two parts of different diameters, a hoisting rope that winds upon one part as it unwinds from the other, and a pulley that sustains the weight to be lifted hanging in the bight of the hoisting rope

called also Chinese windlass

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“Differential windlass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/differential%20windlass. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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