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- 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:
- his boate fitted with Sayle, Oares, thoughts, tholes danyd, windles and rother
windlass — see windlass
1884, Walter William Skeat, An etymological dictionary of the English language.-windle -inauthor%3Awindle -windoes -windes -winds&f=false:
1888, Henry Sweet, A history of English sounds from the earliest period: with full word-lists: