Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small winch with drum, ratchet, and pawl, and fittings for attaching it to a post. The handle is set in a cap revolving on an axis, and is provided with a pair of pawls and a ratchet, so that the winch can be worked either by a rotary motion or by a reciprocating action of the handle, like that of a punch. By the latter method a gain of power is secured.
“a gipsy-winch, gave it a hard blow with the marline spike, which was nearly torn from his hand by the explosion that followed.”
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