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See also: Winch
winch (plural winches)
- A machine consisting of a drum on an axle, a friction brake or ratchet and pawl, and a crank handle or prime mover (often an electric or hydraulic motor), with or without gearing, to give increased mechanical advantage when hauling on a rope or cable.
- (nautical) A hoisting machine used for loading or discharging cargo, or for hauling in lines. (FM 55-501).
- A wince (machine used in dyeing or steeping cloth).
- A kick, as of an animal, from impatience or uneasiness.
- (Nigeria, slang) Witch.
- 1612–1620, [Miguel de Cervantes]; Thomas Shelton, transl., The History of the Valorous and Wittie Knight-errant Don-Quixote of the Mancha. […], London: […] William Stansby, for Ed[ward] Blount and W. Barret, OCLC 84747867:
- the mule […] being likewise frighted by that terrible blow, ran away as fast as it could about the fields, and within two or three winches overthrew him to the ground
- Tok Pisin: winis
- → Arabic: وِنْش (winš)
- → Japanese: ウインチ
- → Norwegian Bokmål: vinsj
- → Norwegian Nynorsk: vinsj
- → Serbo-Croatian: vȉnč
- → Swahili: winchi
- → Ottoman Turkish: وینچ (vinç)
- Turkish: vinç
- To use a winch
- Winch in those sails, lad!
use a winch
- To wince; to shrink
- 1812, Joanna Baillie, The Dream:
- It is not the first time a cat-o'-nine-tails has been across my back for other men's misdeeds. Promise me a good flask of brandy when I'm done with it, and I warrant ye I'll never winch.
- To kick with impatience or uneasiness.
winch m (plural winchs)