windles

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Etymology 1[edit]

See windle

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windles

  1. plural form of windle

Etymology 2[edit]

From slurred pronunciation of windlass.

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windles

  1. A winch, a windlass.
    • 1821, Walter Scott, Kenilworth, page 50:
      God's sake, speak her fair and canny, or we will have a raveled hasp on the yarn-windles!
    • 1906, Samuel Purchas, Hakluyt Society editor, Hakluytus posthumus, or, Purchas his Pilgrimes: contayning a history of the world in sea voyages and lande travells by Englishmen and others:
      his boate fitted with Sayle, Oares, thoughts, tholes danyd, windles and rother
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