Chinese windlass

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chinese windlass a windlass whose barrel has two parts of different diameters. The hoisting rope winds upon one part as it unwinds from the other, and a pulley sustaining the weight to be lifted hangs in the bight of the rope. It is an ancient example of a differential motion.
    • Chinese windlass See Differential windlass, under Differential.
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Usage

In literature:

The employment of the rope, pulley and windlass to raise water was known to Hero and his countrymen as well as by the Chinese before them.
"Inventions in the Century" by William Henry Doolittle
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