winch

1 [winch]
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.
a.
any machine equipped with rollers that guide cloth through a dye or finishing solution in an open vat.
b.
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:
before 1050; Middle English winche, Old English wince pulley; akin to wench, wince1, wink1

wincher, noun
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winch

2 [winch]
verb (used without object), noun Archaic.
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winch1 (wɪntʃ)
 
n
1.  a windlass driven by a hand- or power-operated crank
2.  a hand- or power-operated crank by which a machine is driven
 
vb
3.  (tr; often foll by up or in) to pull (in a rope) or lift (a weight) using a winch
 
[Old English wince pulley; related to wink1]
 
'wincher1
 
n

winch2 (wɪntʃ)
 
vb
(intr) an obsolete word for wince

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winch
O.E. wince, from P.Gmc. *winkjo-, from PIE *weng- (see wink (v.)). The verb meaning "to hoist with a winch" is recorded from 1529.
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The largest member of the deer family provides drag noticeable even on an
  industrial winch.
As the universe keeps expanding, the winch keeps spinning, and the system never
  runs down.
She has hip-length white hair, wInch she wears bunched on top, with bangs.
The boat is outfitted with a net, cable, and winch for collecting scallops from
  the ocean floor.
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