• WordNet 3.6
    • v winch pull or lift up with or as if with a winch "winch up the slack line"
    • n winch lifting device consisting of a horizontal cylinder turned by a crank on which a cable or rope winds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Winch A crank with a handle, for giving motion to a machine, a grindstone, etc.
    • n Winch A kick, as of a beast, from impatience or uneasiness.
    • Winch A wince.
    • Winch 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.
    • Winch An instrument with which to turn or strain something forcibly.
    • v. i Winch To wince; to shrink; to kick with impatience or uneasiness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n winch The crank, projecting handle, or lever by which the axis of a revolving machine is turned, as in the common windlass, the grindstone, etc. See cut under Prony's dynamometer.
    • n winch A kind of hoisting-machine or windlass, in which an axis is turned by means of a crank-handle, and a rope or chain is thus wound round it so as to raise a weight. There are various forms of winches. Either the crank may be attached to the extremity of the winding-roller or -axis, or a large spur-wheel may be attached to the roller, and turned by a pinion on a separate crank-shaft (as shown in the cut), this arrangement giving greater power.
    • n winch The reel of a fishing-rod.
    • n winch Same as wince.
    • winch To hoist or haul by means of a winch.
    • n winch An obsolete or dialectal form of wince.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Winch winsh the crank of a wheel or axle: a kind of hoisting machine: a dyer's reel suspended horizontally by the ends of its axis over the vat, so as to allow the cloth to descend into either compartment of the bath according as it is turned on the right or left
    • Winch Also Wince
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. winche, AS. wince, a winch, a reel to wind thread upon. Cf. Wink


In literature:

But the only noise that jarred the peaceful night was the rattle of the cable and winch.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
He saw Winch, one of the three Immering constables, advancing.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
Rick looked for the winch operator and found him opposite the clerk.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
They were the very same, for Chris could make out the winch and tackle he had noticed as he opened the door.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
A winch was by his side.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
Had the strikers fixed the winches with the purpose of killing strike-breakers?
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Pull it up and down with that steam winch.
"Calumet 'K'" by Samuel Merwin
Far down the harbour, near the Castello, a steamer's winches rattled and roared in irregular gusts of noise.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
The balloon was winched inward.
"Industrial Revolution" by Poul William Anderson
Steam had been kept up on the wrecked steamer for the handling of the winches and so forth.
"The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The small hatchway made despatch impossible, and the want of a winch was keenly felt.
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
There were winches to clean and paint, bulwarks to be chipped and scaled, that new poop 'dodger' to be cut and sewn.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
Qoqol can handle the winch.
"Atom Drive" by Charles Louis Fontenay
Torches flared, winches tugged at fragments of the shattered monster.
"World of the Drone" by Robert Abernathy
Then we had mower excitement, for it was said that Winch, a new-comer, had put up for th' Council, an' it 'ud mean an election.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, June 16, 1920" by Various
There's two hundred ton to be loaded quick, but I think her winches, they ain't very good.
"Command" by William McFee
Take it easy with that winch!
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
Wheelbarrows had to be got to put the sacks beside other hatches which the winch did not command.
"The Bonadventure" by Edmund Blunden
For a large yawl or yacht, and for depths over 50 fathoms, a winch is a great assistance.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
Mr. Winch, the head of this unit, paid me a visit this morning; then Mr. Sewell, the chaplain, came.
"My Diary in Serbia: April 1, 1915-Nov. 1, 1915" by Monica M. Stanley

In poetry:

The young men strained upon the crank
To wring the last reluctant inch.
They laughed together, fair and frank,
And threw their loins across the winch.
"Making Cider" by Victoria Sackville-West
Bearded and blown, an albatross of frost,
Relic of tough weather, every winch and stay
Encased in a glassy pellicle.
The sun will diminish it soon enough:
Each wave-tip glitters like a knife.
"A Winter Ship" by Sylvia Plath
'T is not that the music can signify much,
But then there are chords that awake with a touch,--
And our hearts can find echoes of sorrow and joy
To the winch of the minstrel who hails from Savoy.
"The Smiling Listener" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

In the bumper we fitted a Warn 9.5 CTI-S winch .
In the shop we call them a "come-along," but in tool catalogs they're listed as "cable winches ".
Largo Winch " and "Being Elmo".
The 3Racing 1/10 scale winch can be placed behind or in front of the grille.
) Wayne S Winch , Sr.
Books by Guy Winch , PhD.
Guy Winch , PhD is available for.
Guy Winch , PhD 's Links.
Texas Tech University associate professor Dr Brian Nutter thought Steve Winch of Morenci might be surprised to know he's on display in a military museum in Vietnam.
Golden Knights drop Winch .
Bob Winch is out as University of Central Florida's men's coach after 12 seasons.
Winch Kits Used in Deere Vehicles Recalled Jan 9, 2007 Printable format Email this Article Search.
In voluntary cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Warn Industries, Inc is recalling certain winch kits containing 8-post contactors.
NAPOLEON Former McClure resident Margaret L Winch , 92, Napoleon, died at 6:45 am Wednesday in Northcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Napoleon.
Hydraulic winch will lift 65,000 lbs.

In science:

The aerostat is attached to the FPA via a leash, isolating the FPA from balloon motions, and the position of the FPA is controlled by six computer-controlled winches.
The Large Adaptive Reflector concept
Wittgenstein, L., Culture and Value, von Wright, G. H. (Ed.) (in collaboration with Heikki Nyman), translated by Winch, P., Blackwell Publishers, Oxford (1980).
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity