Definition of winch in English:


Syllabification: winch
Pronunciation: /winCH


  • 1A hauling or lifting device consisting of a rope, cable, or chain winding around a horizontal rotating drum, turned by a crank or by motor or other power source; a windlass.
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    • They do the work of motorized winches - haul logs, or move stuck tractors, raise towers, and so on - but with the deftness of a human hand.
    • The para-dropping and cargo handling equipment comprises two travelling cranes, two winches, rollgang and tiedown equipment.
    • Lucia was going to need a winch to haul me around everyday.
  • 2The crank of a wheel or axle.
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    • My primary role on the boat is called a ‘grinder’, and I provide power for the winches [the circular wheels which wind the boat's sails up and down].
    • The vessel to be fitted with winches, derricks, wheels and ordinary runners capable of handling lifts up to 2 tons.


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  • Hoist or haul with a winch.
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    • Dramatic television footage showed rescue workers winching the nine survivors one-by-one from the roof of the restaurant as flames and smoke poured from the upper floors of the building in Taichung City in central Taiwan.
    • Having botched the attempt, and learnt Cleopatra was still alive, he is supposed to have been carried to the mausoleum and winched by the women up through a window to expire after a fine speech in his lover's arms.
    • Indian papers have been publishing pictures of women being winched to the bottom of wells to scoop up muddy liquid from what looks like puddles.



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  • I'm trying to order a couple of sets of winchers and can't seem to find anyone who has them.
  • I find the wincher a complete inconvenience as a sheet winch, but as a halyard winch it's somewhat functional.
  • I used a set of winchers for over 10 years.


late Old English wince 'reel, pulley', of Germanic origin; related to the verb wink. The verb dates from the early 16th century.

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