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windlass British & World English

A winch, especially one on a ship or in a harbour

Spanish windlass British & World English

A device for tightening a rope or cable by twisting it using a stick as a lever

differential windlass British & World English

A hoisting device consisting of two drums of different diameters on the same axis and turning at the same rate, so that a line wound on the larger drum and unwound from the smaller drum provides a mechanical advantage in lifting. Also called Chinese windlass

Chinese windlass in differential windlass British & World English

A hoisting device consisting of two drums of different diameters on the same axis and turning at the same rate, so that a line wound on the larger drum and unwound from the smaller drum provides a mechanical advantage in lifting. Also called Chinese windlass