Definitions of windlass

  1. To raise with, or as with, a windlass; to use a windlass. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To take a roundabout course; to work warily or by indirect means. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A winding and circuitous way; a roundabout course; a shift. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. An apparatus resembling a winch or windlass, for bending the bow of an arblast, or crossbow. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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.
  6. A machine for raising heavy weights, consisting of a revolving cylinder. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Revolving cylinder which winds up a cord or chain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

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Usage examples for windlass

  1. The boy attached the towing cable to a windlass on the platform of the Sea Lion, turned on the power, and the sinking craft soon lay alongside. – Boy Scouts in a Submarine by G. Harvey Ralphson
  2. Passing to the side farthest from the unsuspecting guards, the handle of the windlass was within his reach. – Watch Yourself Go By by Al. G. Field