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Meaning of WINDLASS

Pronunciation:  'windlus

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  lifting device consisting of a horizontal cylinder turned by a crank on which a cable or rope winds

WINDLASS is a 8 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: winch
 See Also: capstan, lifting device, ship



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wind"lass\, n.[Perhaps from wind to turn + lace.]
    A winding and circuitous way; a roundabout course; a shift.
  2. \Wind"lass\, v. i.
    To take a roundabout course; to work warily or by indirect
    means. [Obs.] --Hammond.
  3. \Wind"lass\, n. [OE. windelas, windas, Icel.
    vindil[=a]ss, vind[=a]s, fr. vinda to wind + [=a]ss a pole;
    cf. Goth. ans a beam. See {Wind} to turn.]
    1. A machine for raising weights, consisting of a horizontal
       cylinder or roller moving on its axis, and turned by a
       crank, lever, or similar means, so as to wind up a rope or
       chain attached to the weight. In vessels the windlass is
       often used instead of the capstan for raising the anchor.
       It is usually set upon the forecastle, and is worked by
       hand or steam.
    2. An apparatus resembling a winch or windlass, for bending
       the bow of an arblast, or crossbow. [Obs.] --Shak.
    {Chinese windlass}. See {Differential windlass}, under
  4. \Wind"lass\, v. t. & i.
    To raise with, or as with, a windlass; to use a windlass.
    --The Century.