Definition of winch in English:


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Pronunciation: /wɪn(t)ʃ


  • 1A hauling or lifting device consisting of a rope or chain winding round a horizontal rotating drum, turned typically by a crank or by motor.
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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.
    crane, derrick, hoist, davit, windlass, tackle, block and tackle, lifting gear, hoisting gear, system of pulleys, sheave; Nautical sheerlegs
  • 1.1British The reel of a fishing rod.
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    • Look at any fly rod and you will see that the screw winch fitting is at the very end of the rod.
    • The winch could simply be a large fishing reel with some pretty small towline (or large fishing line - depending upon your point of view).
  • 1.2 another term for wince2.
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    • Sasuke took out the kunai knife, expecting Ayame to winch in pain, but she didn't. She was still.
    • Did anyone else grab their ears and winch in pain when Kevin began to sing on Monday's show?
  • 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: an attempt to winch survivors of the wreck into a helicopter
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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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