\ ˈwinch How to pronounce winch (audio) \

Definition of winch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : a crank with a handle for giving motion to a machine (such as a grindstone)


winched; winching; winches

Definition of winch (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to hoist or haul with or as if with a winch

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winch 1

In the meaning defined above

Other Words from winch


wincher noun

Examples of winch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another option is a vehicle like Can-Am’s Defender Pro XT HD 10, which rolls off the showroom floor with a locking front differential, nearly 11 inches of suspension travel, 13 inches of ground clearance, full skid plates, and a 4,500-pound winch. Outside Online, 11 Dec. 2020 The sails are programmed to fly autonomously in a figure-eight pattern at altitudes of up to 800 meters (2,600 feet), and energy is generated by the sail’s tether and a winch on the ground. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 May 2022 The bumpers feature tow loops, but there’s no facility to mount a winch on the bumper, a limitation for the most challenging off-roading. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 7 Apr. 2022 Now there was a pause while the second winch was activated to pull the train backwards. William Neuman, The Atlantic, 7 Mar. 2022 Police assisted at the scene of a winch-out for a FedEx truck that reportedly fell off a driveway around 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 3. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 12 Feb. 2022 Inside the tongue box is the battery, storage for the winch and remotes, and enough room to store the wheel straps. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 2 Feb. 2022 Even beefier is the ZR2 Bison, which adds tougher bumpers, a winch, skid plates, and a snorkel from AEV. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 22 Jan. 2022 The station’s yellow delineator posts were damaged, as well as the undercarriage of the car, for which a winch-out was required from a tow truck to get it off the high curb. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 8 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Growing up, there were certain ones that became canon: the time his National Guard unit flattened an entire stand of trees trying to winch their tanks out of a swamp, or the night I was almost born on Manhattan’s FDR Drive. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 German military personnel and fire crews were still working to winch cars and lorries off a submerged highway on Sunday. Washington Post, 18 July 2021 The brute-simple method, which combines a winch-and-pulley system with an bow ramp, could help the Turkish navy transform its new assault ship Anadolu into the world’s first true drone aircraft carrier. David Axe, Forbes, 10 May 2021 The winch-and-ramp combo might not be able to launch drones much heavier than a TB-2/3 unless the drone itself packs more horsepower. David Axe, Forbes, 10 May 2021 The road was closed for about 20 minutes at 8:45 p.m. as Interstate Towing arrived to winch the semi out. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 20 Feb. 2021 Once the fighters' mission was complete, the 747 would winch them back aboard, where the pilots could rest and even sleep in their own quarters while the planes were refueled and rearmed. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 8 Sep. 2020 That policy caused export delays at many factories that previously manufactured everything from winches to cranes but suddenly switched to making medical equipment after the lockdown of Wuhan on Jan. 23. Keith Bradsher,, 11 Apr. 2020 Ford Performance Parts is offering a winch by Warn with 12,000 pounds winching power for Tremor Super Duty pickups. Tim Spell, Houston Chronicle, 10 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of winch


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1529, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for winch


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

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“Winch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of winch

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

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