American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A stationary motor-driven or hand-powered machine used for hoisting or hauling, having a drum around which is wound a rope or chain attached to the load being moved.
- n. The crank used to give motion to a grindstone or similar device.
- v. To move with or as if with a winch.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The crank, projecting handle, or lever by which the axis of a revolving machine is turned, as in the common windlass, the grindstone, etc. See cut under Prony's dynamometer.
- n. A kind of hoisting-machine or windlass, in which an axis is turned by means of a crank-handle, and a rope or chain is thus wound round it so as to raise a weight. There are various forms of winches. Either the crank may be attached to the extremity of the winding-roller or -axis, or a large spur-wheel may be attached to the roller, and turned by a pinion on a separate crank-shaft (as shown in the cut), this arrangement giving greater power.
- n. The reel of a fishing-rod.
- n. Same as wince.
- To hoist or haul by means of a winch.
- n. An obsolete or dialectal form of wince.
- n. A machine consisting of a drum on an axle, a pawl, and a crank handle, with or without gearing, to give increased mechanical advantage when hauling on a rope.
- n. nautical A hoisting machine used for loading or discharging cargo, or for hauling in lines. (FM 55-501).
- n. A wince (machine used in dyeing or steeping cloth).
- v. To use a winch
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To wince; to shrink; to kick with impatience or uneasiness.
- n. A kick, as of a beast, from impatience or uneasiness.
- n. A crank with a handle, for giving motion to a machine, a grindstone, etc.
- n. An instrument with which to turn or strain something forcibly.
- n. An axle or drum turned by a crank with a handle, or by power, for raising weights, as from the hold of a ship, from mines, etc.; a windlass.
- n. A wince.
- n. lifting device consisting of a horizontal cylinder turned by a crank on which a cable or rope winds
- v. pull or lift up with or as if with a winch
- Middle English winche, pulley, from Old English wince, reel, roller. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“* Disconnect the remote control when the winch is not in use.”
“Reduced to essentials, an electric winch is a motorized drum that unspools and spools a length of heavy-duty wire rope.”
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“The mechanical advantage of a winch is the radius of the axle to the radius of the handspikes.”
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