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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Clayt slipped on insulated gloves and leaned over and grabbed a blue flag and looped its rope to a winch.
▪ Hanging from hooks on the wall were sets of wire-pulling devices, complete with chain winch and gripper.
▪ He folded up sideways against the winch, and immediately tried to get up again.
▪ I am intrigued by the capstan winches fitted to the Range Rovers on the Darien Gap crossing.
▪ The winch man was running out the cable, allowing the barrage balloon to rise.
▪ The only winches which will fit are either electrically or hydraulically powered.
▪ This is not critical because at this point the winch driver is adjusting the power.
▪ This may cause an abnormally slow launch and the winch driver, seeing the other parachute, may cut the power.
▪ He winched in hard and let go the lashings round the rolled bedsheets.
▪ Pottz drove for the peak and was winched irresistibly upwards.
▪ Some ten minutes later, a breathless Challenger stood by my side as the bell was winched aboard.
▪ The State winched him out of the professorial chair when the ecclesiastical authority was lukewarm.
▪ They could let down extra wires to hold the branch and winch it up when it was cut free.
▪ Two crew members of the Glenmore were winched to safety by helicopter shortly before their vessel went down.
▪ When canal boats are taken out of the water for repairs they are winched sideways up a slipway.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Winch \Winch\, v. i. [See Wince.] To wince; to shrink; to kick with impatience or uneasiness.


Winch \Winch\, n. A kick, as of a beast, from impatience or uneasiness.


Winch \Winch\, n. [OE. winche, AS. wince a winch, a reel to wind thread upon. Cf. Wink.]

  1. A crank with a handle, for giving motion to a machine, a grindstone, etc.

  2. An instrument with which to turn or strain something forcibly.

  3. An axle or drum turned by a crank with a handle, or by power, for raising weights, as from the hold of a ship, from mines, etc.; a windlass.

  4. A wince.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to hoist with a winch," 1520s, from winch (n.). Related: Winched; winching.


late 13c., from Old English wince "winch, pulley," from Proto-Germanic *winkja-, from PIE *weng- "to bend, curve" (see wink (v.)). Perhaps so called in reference to the bent handle.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A machine consisting of a drum on an axle, a pawl, and a crank handle, with or without gearing, to give increased mechanical advantage when hauling on a rope. 2 (context nautical English) A hoisting machine used for loading or discharging cargo, or for hauling in lines. (FM 55-501). 3 A wince (machine used in dyeing or steeping cloth). 4 A kick, as of an animal, from impatience or uneasiness. vb. To use a winch Etymology 2

vb. 1 To wince; to shrink 2 To kick with impatience or uneasiness.

  1. n. lifting device consisting of a horizontal cylinder turned by a crank on which a cable or rope winds [syn: windlass]

  2. v. pull or lift up with or as if with a winch; "winch up the slack line"


A winch is a mechanical device that is used to pull in (wind up) or let out (wind out) or otherwise adjust the " tension" of a rope or wire rope (also called "cable" or "wire cable"). In its simplest form it consists of a spool and attached hand crank. In larger forms, winches stand at the heart of machines as diverse as tow trucks, steam shovels and elevators. The spool can also be called the winch drum. More elaborate designs have gear assemblies and can be powered by electric, hydraulic, pneumatic or internal combustion drives. Some may include a solenoid brake and/or a mechanical brake or ratchet and pawl device that prevents it from unwinding unless the pawl is retracted.

Winch (disambiguation)

A winch is a mechanical device used to pull in, let out, or otherwise adjust the tension of a rope or cable.

Winch may also refer to:

  • Eli Winch (1848–1938), an American manufacturer and politician
  • Ernest Winch (1879–1957), a Canadian politician from British Columbia
  • Harold Winch (1907–1993), a Canadian politician
  • Humphrey Winch (1555–1625), a judge who had a distinguished career in Ireland and England
  • Sir Humphrey Winch, 1st Baronet (1622–1703), an English politician
  • Peter Winch (1926–1997), a British philosopher
  • Ruth Winch (1870–1952), a British tennis player
  • Winch baronets, a title in the Baronetage of England
  • Largo Winch, a Belgian comic book series

Usage examples of "winch".

When Alayne returned to the winch room, she found Mya Stone waiting impatiently with Lothor Brunc and Morel.

Guil told what he knew: a whack in the head from a winch cable, a partner dead, Gerry Harper going off from Ancel in a fit of rage, the Harper brothers not dealing with each other any more for years.

In one pass, a fine-mesh fyke net with a motorized winch can pull in nine to fifteen hundred kilos.

Cantering back to that home of the loves of Gower Woodseer and Madge Winch, the thought of his first act of penance done, without his feeling the poorer for it, reconciled Fleetwood to the aspect of the hollow place.

Charl, a stout, somewhat hirsute sailor from the far northwest, managed to use a long pole to snag the cable hanging below the locked winch mechanism.

To get at them, one would have to unload the ship entirely, pump out the unspeakable contents of the bilge, shovel out tons of shingle, and winch up the massive pigs of kentledge, one by one.

With a mighty clang, the anchor was loosed, enormous links of chain rattling through the winch.

Winch and Pian, a couple deadpan, stocky guys, cleared the room of the reporters.

As Ethan worked with Sunil and the cook to winch it back to the bank, two shikaras, making their frantic way back across the lake, had been knocked flat by a further gust.

Guards stamped their feet, engineers stood in animated discussion by the winch engine and a caravan shack disgorged another shift of stackers fresh from a break.

Apart from the suicides, winch involved little or no investigation, the hottest case going lately was The West Side Weenie Wagger, a white male, mid-thirties, who got his kicks displaying his penis to sixth-grade girls on their way home from summer vacation Bible school.

Of course it was possible that he might do so, and come into possession of the Bellevite, winch had outsailed him, and disabled his ship for a combat at longer range.

Reasoning that the obvious was often the most innocuous, they had flashed a wad of bills and their NUMA IDs and persuaded the owner of the parasail and the winch boat to spare his equipment for a few hours.

Like almost every building in Bekla it was of stone, its long rows of recessed bays cool and dusky, the whole place echoing whenever a door slammed or a crate was grounded by the winch.

Winch and Hawley Bardwell assumed the stance he had been drilled in and then redrilled in, and redrilled in.