See also: Windles
- plural of
From slurred pronunciation of windlass.
- A winch, a windlass.
- 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, number 30:
- his boate fitted with Sayle, Oares, thoughts, tholes danyd, windles and rother
windlass — see windlass
- Walter William Skeat (1884) An etymological dictionary of the English language.
- Henry Sweet (1888) A history of English sounds from the earliest period: with full word-lists