The pulley tied at the base of the derrick jumped up and after it the windlass, which struck the heavy posts like a battering-ram.
For bending the sides a "Spanish windlass" of rope or chain was used.
Scarcely breathing, Lawton leaned over the windlass and stared downward.
Some rest upon their sledges here, some work the windlass there.
From inside came the creak and whine of a windlass bearing a heavy load.
He always was stubborn as an off ox and cranky as a windlass.
Then set up hard on the halyard, using the windlass or watch-tackle.
Into these they drove steel posts and anchored the windlass.
The Russians had a neat log house built on a grassy slope, with a windlass well beside the door.
She half dropped her candlestick on the stone floor and sprang to the windlass.
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."