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windlass

wind·lass

 (wĭnd′ləs)
n.
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.]

windlass

(ˈwɪndləs)
n
(Mechanical Engineering) a machine for raising weights by winding a rope or chain upon a barrel or drum driven by a crank, motor, etc
vb
(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]

wind•lass

(ˈwɪnd ləs)

n.
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]

windlass


Past participle: windlassed
Gerund: windlassing

Imperative
windlass
windlass
Present
I windlass
you windlass
he/she/it windlasses
we windlass
you windlass
they windlass
Preterite
I windlassed
you windlassed
he/she/it windlassed
we windlassed
you windlassed
they windlassed
Present Continuous
I am windlassing
you are windlassing
he/she/it is windlassing
we are windlassing
you are windlassing
they are windlassing
Present Perfect
I have windlassed
you have windlassed
he/she/it has windlassed
we have windlassed
you have windlassed
they have windlassed
Past Continuous
I was windlassing
you were windlassing
he/she/it was windlassing
we were windlassing
you were windlassing
they were windlassing
Past Perfect
I had windlassed
you had windlassed
he/she/it had windlassed
we had windlassed
you had windlassed
they had windlassed
Future
I will windlass
you will windlass
he/she/it will windlass
we will windlass
you will windlass
they will windlass
Future Perfect
I will have windlassed
you will have windlassed
he/she/it will have windlassed
we will have windlassed
you will have windlassed
they will have windlassed
Future Continuous
I will be windlassing
you will be windlassing
he/she/it will be windlassing
we will be windlassing
you will be windlassing
they will be windlassing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been windlassing
you have been windlassing
he/she/it has been windlassing
we have been windlassing
you have been windlassing
they have been windlassing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been windlassing
you will have been windlassing
he/she/it will have been windlassing
we will have been windlassing
you will have been windlassing
they will have been windlassing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been windlassing
you had been windlassing
he/she/it had been windlassing
we had been windlassing
you had been windlassing
they had been windlassing
Conditional
I would windlass
you would windlass
he/she/it would windlass
we would windlass
you would windlass
they would windlass
Past Conditional
I would have windlassed
you would have windlassed
he/she/it would have windlassed
we would have windlassed
you would have windlassed
they would have windlassed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
yard donkey, yarder - a winch (or system of winches) powered by an engine and used to haul logs from a stump to a landing or to a skid road
Translations

windlass

[ˈwɪndləs] Ntorno m

windlass

[ˈwɪndləs] n (= winch) → treuil m

windlass

n (= winch)Winde f; (Naut) → Ankerwinde f

windlass

[ˈwɪndləs] nargano, verricello
References in classic literature ?
Figures of men crawled out of the holes, or disappeared into them, or, on raised platforms of hand-hewn timber, windlassed the thawed gravel to the surface, where it immediately froze.