Meaning of winch

winch

Pronunciation: (winch), [key]
— n.
  1. the crank or handle of a revolving machine.
  2. a windlass turned by a crank, for hoisting or hauling.
  3. any of various devices for cranking.
    1. any machine equipped with rollers that guide cloth through a dye or finishing solution in an open vat.
    2. a roller between two dyeing vats for passing cloth from one vat to another.
—v.t.
  1. to hoist or haul (a load) by means of a winch.

winch

Pronunciation: (winch), [key]
— v.i., n. Archaic.
  1. wince.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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