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.
Winch in those sails, lad!
Origin of winch
- Middle English winche pulley from Old English wince reel, roller
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- See wince.