Windlass meaning

wĭnd'ləs
Any of numerous hauling or lifting machines consisting essentially of a horizontal cylinder turned by a crank or a motor so that a line attached to the load is wound around the cylinder.
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A winch, esp. a simple one for lifting an anchor, a bucket in a well, etc.
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To hoist, lower, or haul with a windlass.
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Any of various forms of winch, in which a rope or cable is wound around a cylinder, used for lifting heavy weights.
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To raise with a windlass.
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A winding and circuitous way; a roundabout course.
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An apparatus resembling a winch or windlass, for bending the bow of an arblast, or crossbow.

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To raise with, or as if with, a windlass; to use a windlass.

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To take a roundabout course; to work warily or by indirect means.

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Origin of windlass

  • Middle English wyndlas alteration of windas from Old Norse vindāss vinda to wind āss pole
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English windels or windas, Old Norse vindass, from vinda (“to wind") + ass (“pole"). Confer Icelandic vindilass.
    From Wiktionary