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winch1

[winch] /wɪntʃ/
noun
1.
the crank or handle of a revolving machine.
2.
a windlass turned by a crank, for hoisting or hauling.
3.
any of various devices for cranking.
4.
Also, wince. Textiles.
  1. any machine equipped with rollers that guide cloth through a dye or finishing solution in an open vat.
  2. a roller between two dyeing vats for passing cloth from one vat to another.
verb (used with object)
5.
to hoist or haul (a load) by means of a winch.
Origin
1050
before 1050; Middle English winche, Old English wince pulley; akin to wench, wince1, wink1
Related forms
wincher, noun

winch2

[winch] /wɪntʃ/
verb (used without object), noun, Archaic.
1.
wince1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for winch

winch1

/wɪntʃ/
noun
1.
a windlass driven by a hand- or power-operated crank
2.
a hand- or power-operated crank by which a machine is driven
verb
3.
(transitive; often foll by up or in) to pull (in a rope) or lift (a weight) using a winch
Derived Forms
wincher, noun
Word Origin
Old English wince pulley; related to wink1

winch2

/wɪntʃ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) an obsolete word for wince1
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Word Origin and History for winch
n.

Old English wince, from Proto-Germanic *winkjo-, from PIE *weng- (see wink (v.)).

v.

"to hoist with a winch," 1520s, from winch (n.). Related: Winched; winching.

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