windlass: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (wind'lus), [key]
- a device for raising or hauling objects, usually consisting of a horizontal cylinder or barrel turned by a crank, lever, motor, or the like, upon which a cable, rope, or chain winds, the outer end of the cable being attached directly or indirectly to the weight to be raised or the thing to be hauled or pulled; winch.
- to raise, haul, or move (a load) by means of a windlass.
- windlass (Thesaurus)