winze

winze

1 [winz]
noun Mining.
a vertical or inclined shaft driven downward from a drift into an orebody.
Also, windz.
Compare raise ( def 38 ).


Origin:
1750–60; earlier winds, apparently derivative of wind2 in obsolete noun sense “apparatus for winding”

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winze

2 [winz]
noun Scot.
a curse.

Origin:
1775–85; perhaps < Dutch wens wish, wensen to wish; see wish

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winze (wɪnz)
 
n
mining a steeply inclined shaft, as for ventilation between levels
 
[C18: from earlier winds, probably from C14 wynde windlass, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German winde; related to Danish vinde pulley]

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