Definition of Windlass

1. Noun. Lifting device consisting of a horizontal cylinder turned by a crank on which a cable or rope winds.

Exact synonyms: Winch
Specialized synonyms: Capstan, Yard Donkey, Yarder
Generic synonyms: Lifting Device
Group relationships: Ship
Derivative terms: Winch

Definition of Windlass

1. n. A winding and circuitous way; a roundabout course; a shift.

2. v. i. To take a roundabout course; to work warily or by indirect means.

3. n. 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.

4. v. t. & i. To raise with, or as with, a windlass; to use a windlass.

5. n. A winding and circuitous way; a roundabout course; a shift.

6. v. i. To take a roundabout course; to work warily or by indirect means.

7. n. 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.

8. v. t. & i. To raise with, or as with, a windlass; to use a windlass.

Definition of Windlass

1. Noun. Any of various forms of winch, in which a rope or cable is wound around a cylinder, used for lifting heavy weights ¹

2. Verb. To raise with, or as if with, a windlass; to use a windlass. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Windlass

1. to raise with a windlass (a hoisting machine) [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Windlass

winding-clothes
winding-sheet
winding cloth
winding cloths
winding sheet
winding sheets
winding up
windingly
windings
windjammer
windjammers
windjamming
windjammings
windlace
windlaces
windle
windled
windles
windless
windlessly
windlessness
windlestrae
windlestraes
windlestraw
windlestraws
windlike

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