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Meaning of windlass

wind•lass

Pronunciation: (wind'lus), [key]
— n.
  1. 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.
—v.t.
  1. to raise, haul, or move (a load) by means of a windlass.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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