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winch

noun \ ˈwinch \

Definition of winch

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)

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Origin and Etymology of winch

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


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winch

verb

Definition of winch

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

wincher

noun

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First Known Use of winch

1529


WINCH Defined for English Language Learners

winch

noun

Definition of winch for English Language Learners

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


WINCH Defined for Kids

winch

noun \ ˈwinch \

Definition of winch for Students

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


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