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windlass

[wind-luh s] /ˈwɪnd ləs/
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
1350-1400; Middle English wind(e)las < Old Norse vindāss, equivalent to vinda to wind2 + āss beam
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windlass

/ˈwɪndləs/
noun
1.
a machine for raising weights by winding a rope or chain upon a barrel or drum driven by a crank, motor, etc
verb
2.
(transitive) to raise or haul (a weight, etc) by means of a windlass
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for wind lass

windlass

n.

device for raising weights by winding a rope round a cylinder, c.1400, alteration of wyndase (late 13c.), from Anglo-French windas, and directly from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse vindass, from vinda "to wind" (see wind (v.1)) + ass "pole, beam."

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