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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.
tr.v. wind·lassed, wind·lass·ing, wind·lass·es
To raise with a windlass.
[Middle English wyndlas, alteration of windas, from Old Norse vindāss : vinda, to wind + āss, pole.]
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(Mechanical Engineering) a machine for raising weights by winding a rope or chain upon a barrel or drum driven by a crank, motor, etc
(Mechanical Engineering) (tr) to raise or haul (a weight, etc) by means of a windlass
[C14: from Old Norse vindáss, from vinda to wind2 + ass pole; related to Old French guindas, Middle Low German, Dutch windas]
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1. a device for hauling or hoisting, commonly having a horizontal drum on which a rope attached to the load is wound; winch.v.t.
2. to raise, haul, or move (a load) by means of a windlass.
[1350–1400; Middle English wind(e)las < Old Norse vindāss=vinda to wind2 + āss beam]
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Past participle: windlassed
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|Noun||1.||windlass - lifting device consisting of a horizontal cylinder turned by a crank on which a cable or rope winds|
capstan - a windlass rotated in a horizontal plane around a vertical axis; used on ships for weighing anchor or raising heavy sails
lifting device - a device for lifting heavy loads
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
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windlass[ˈwɪndləs] N → torno m
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windlass[ˈwɪndləs] n (= winch) → treuil m
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