The definition of a winch is a device used for hauling or lifting that contains a rotating part with rope, cable or chains wound around it, or a crank on a pulley system.(noun)
An example of a winch is a pulley device used to lift a heavy piano up to a second floor by rotating a cable that is wound around a horizontal part to cause the rope holding the piano to move upwards.
See winch in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME winche < OE wince < IE base *weng-, to be curved, bowed > wink
See winch in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English winche, pulley
Origin: , from Old English wince, reel, roller.
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