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An inclined or vertical shaft or passage between levels in a mine.
[Alteration of obsolete winds, probably from wind, apparatus for winding.]
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(Mining & Quarrying) mining a steeply inclined shaft, as for ventilation between levels
[C18: from earlier winds, probably from C14 wynde windlass, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German winde; related to Danish vinde pulley]
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a vertical or inclined mine shaft driven downward from a drift into ore-bearing rock.
[1750–60; earlier winds, appar. derivative of wind2 in obsolete n. sense “apparatus for winding”]
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