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winch, mechanical device for hauling or lifting consisting essentially of a movable drum around which a cable is wound so that rotation of the drum produces a drawing force at the end of the cable. A windlass is essentially the same device as a winch, except that a winch may be power-driven whereas a windlass is usually hand-powered and somewhat less sophisticated. Winches are normally equipped with a ratchet wheel and a pawl to prevent slippage of the load, and brakes that allow a load to be lowered or released at a controlled rate. A hoist is another closely related device, mounted so as to be movable (as in a traveling crane). Winches and hoists are widely used in cargo handling, e.g., in ships, factories, and warehouses, and also function as the power unit in derricks, power cranes, and power shovels. A car puller is a winch with a vertical drum axis, used to position railroad cars in freight yards. Certain military and construction vehicles designed for off-road use are equipped with engine-powered winches that can be used for lifting and hauling or to extricate the vehicle should it become stuck in areas where traction is poor.

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winch / winch/ • n. 1. a hauling or lifting device consisting of a rope, cable, or chain winding around a horizontal rotating drum, turned by a crank or by motor or other power source; a windlass. 2. the crank of a wheel or axle. • v. [tr.] hoist or haul with a winch. DERIVATIVES: winch·er n.

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winch. Reel or roller, capable of hoisting objects. Winch-houses are high-level features protecting winches on the façades of many tall, narrow Dutch houses. Sometimes the mechanisms for hoisting are set within the houses.

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winch Drum that turns to pull or release a rope, cable or chain. A winch is used to raise, lower or pull heavy loads. The device may be motor-driven or operated by hand.

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winch reel, roller OE.; hoisting or hauling apparatus XVI. Late OE. winċe :- Gmc. *wiŋkjo-, f. IE. *weŋg- WINK.

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