winch

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English winche, from Old English wince, from Proto-Germanic *winkjo-, ultimately from the Proto-Indo-European root *weng- ‎(to bow, bend, arch, curve), whence also wink.

Noun[edit]

winch ‎(plural winches)

  1. A machine consisting of a drum on an axle, a pawl, and a crank handle, with or without gearing, to give increased mechanical advantage when hauling on a rope.
  2. (nautical) A hoisting machine used for loading or discharging cargo, or for hauling in lines. (FM 55-501).
    • 2013, J. M. Coetzee, The Childhood of Jesus. Melbourne, Australia: The Text Publishing Company. chapter 27. p. 267.
      It runs on clattering steel tracks; the driver sits in a cab over the tracks, operating the controls that rotate the arm and turn the winch.
  3. A wince (machine used in dyeing or steeping cloth).
  4. A kick, as of an animal, from impatience or uneasiness.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shelton to this entry?)
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Verb[edit]

winch ‎(third-person singular simple present winches, present participle winching, simple past and past participle winched)

  1. To use a winch
    Winch in those sails, lad!
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Etymology 2[edit]

See wince.

Verb[edit]

winch ‎(third-person singular simple present winches, present participle winching, simple past and past participle winched)

  1. To wince; to shrink
  2. To kick with impatience or uneasiness.