Definition of windlass in English:

windlass

Syllabification: wind·lass
Pronunciation: /ˈwindləs
 
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noun

  • A type of winch used especially on ships to hoist anchors and haul on mooring lines and, especially formerly, to lower buckets into and hoist them up from wells.
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    • In addition to daily instruction from Captain and crew, the kids haul on lines, work the windlass to raise the anchor, and take responsibility for many tasks in the daily operation of the vessel.
    • The deck layout features a large anchor locker forward with a mechanical anchor windlass as standard equipment.
    • The anchor windlass is located in a foredeck locker to keep it out of the way when not needed.

verb

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  • Haul or lift (something) with a windlass.
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    • The sediment and heavy substance accumulating in the bottom of the sewers, impervious to flushing, is removed by process of windlassing at the manholes and transporting to the dumps.
    • In addition, each member of the working party will carry one windlassing stick and the commander and assistant commander a pair of wire-cutters each.
    • The cutter has a pair of windlassing lugs 1 and 3 which include enlarged portions 5 and 7 at their respective extremities.

Origin

late Middle English: probably an alteration of obsolete windas, via Anglo-Norman French from Old Norse vindáss, literally 'winding pole'.

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