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Definitions of winch

  1. To wince; to shrink; to kick with impatience or uneasiness. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To wince. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3. To shrink; to wince. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  4. A kick, as of a beast, from impatience or uneasiness. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A crank with a handle, for giving motion to a machine, a grindstone, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. An instrument with which to turn or strain something forcibly. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A wince. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A crank with a handle used to start and keep in motion a machine, grindstone, etc.; any of various devices for turning something that requires force, as a kind of windlass. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. The crank of a wheel or axle. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. A crank; crank-handle. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A windlass; a crank. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. The crank or handle by which the axis of a revolving machine is turned; a windlass; an instrument with which to turn or strain something forcibly; the kick of a beast impatient of its rider or of pain. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. The bent handle or crank by which a wheel or axle is turned; in mining, a wheel or axle frequently used to draw water, &c., in a bucket by a rope; a twist or turn. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for winch

  1. Sally looked at Miss Winch stunned. – The Adventures of Sally by P. G. Wodehouse
  2. I was nearly reduced to despair, when one skipper- he was only the master of a galliot, trading between Rotterdam and Yarmouth, in England- seeing that I was a stout, bright- eyed lad, likely to be a strong haul on a rope, and a good hand at a winch or a windlass, told me that he would take me on first for one voyage, and see what wages I was worth when we came back again. – Seven Frozen Sailors by George Manville Fenn
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