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Definitions of windlass

  1. lifting device consisting of a horizontal cylinder turned by a crank on which a cable or rope winds Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A winding and circuitous way; a roundabout course; a shift. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To take a roundabout course; to work warily or by indirect means. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A machine for raising weights, consisting of a horizontal cylinder or roller moving on its axis, and turned by a crank, lever, or similar means, so as to wind up a rope or chain attached to the weight. In vessels the windlass is often used instead of the capstan for raising the anchor. It is usually set upon the forecastle, and is worked by hand or steam. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. An apparatus resembling a winch or windlass, for bending the bow of an arblast, or crossbow. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To raise with, or as with, a windlass; to use a windlass. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A machine consisting of a horizontal cylinder, or roller, moving on its axis, and used for hoisting weights, by means of a crank which winds up a rope to which the load is fastened. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. A machine for raising heavy weights, consisting of a revolving cylinder. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Revolving cylinder which winds up a cord or chain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Mech. A drum turned by a handle so as to wind up a rope and raise a weight. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. A machine for raising weights, an application of the wheel and axle, in which a rope or chain, with the weight attached, is wound about a cylinder or roller moved by a crank, shifting levers, or similar means; a handle by which anything is turned. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. A machine for raising heavy weights, being a modification of the wheel and axle. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. wind'las, n. a modification of the wheel and axle, used for raising weights, consisting of a revolving cylinder.--v.i. to use a windlass.--v.t. to hoist by means of such. [Skeat explains as a corruption, due to confusion with the succeeding word, of M. E. windas, a windlass--Ice. vindáss--vinda, to wind; Dut. windas.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. wind'las, n. (Shak.) indirect, crafty action.--v.i. to take a round-about course. [For wind-lace, a winding course; from wind (n.) and lace, a twist.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. Machine for hauling or hoisting on wheel-&-axle principle; (vb) hoist or haul with w. [old Norse] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  16. [Cf.] (Naut.) A machine resembling a horizontal capstan, in the fore part of a ship, by which she can ride ; used for raising the cable. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  17. [Cf.] An axle turned by a winch or by levers, for raising a weight that hangs from the end of a rope which is gradually wound on to the axle. See Differential. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  18. n. [Dutch] A cylinder or roller for raising weights, turned by a crank or lever, with a rope or chain attached to the weight. Cabinet Dictionary

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