windlass

windlass

[wind-luhs]
noun
1.
a device for raising or hauling objects, usually consisting of a horizontal cylinder or barrel turned by a crank, lever, motor, or the like, upon which a cable, rope, or chain winds, the outer end of the cable being attached directly or indirectly to the weight to be raised or the thing to be hauled or pulled; winch.
verb (used with object)
2.
to raise, haul, or move (a load) by means of a windlass.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English wind(e)las < Old Norse vindāss, equivalent to vinda to wind2 + āss beam

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windlass (ˈwɪndləs)
 
n
1.  a machine for raising weights by winding a rope or chain upon a barrel or drum driven by a crank, motor, etc
 
vb
2.  (tr) to raise or haul (a weight, etc) by means of a windlass
 
[C14: from Old Norse vindáss, from vinda to wind² + ass pole; related to Old French guindas, Middle Low German, Dutch windas]

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windlass
device for raising weights by winding a rope round a cylinder, c.1400, alteration of wyndase (1293), from Anglo-Fr. windas, and directly from a Scand. source such as O.N. vindass, from vinda "to wind" (see wind (v.)) + ass "pole, beam."
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