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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There is a workshop for maintenance of aircraft, vehicles and winches.
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