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Definition of "winch" []

  • A stationary motor-driven or hand-powered machine used for hoisting or hauling, having a drum around which is wound a rope or chain attached to the load being moved. (noun)
  • The crank used to give motion to a grindstone or similar device. (noun)
  • To move with or as if with a winch. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "winch" in a sentence
  • "* Disconnect the remote control when the winch is not in use."
  • "Reduced to essentials, an electric winch is a motorized drum that unspools and spools a length of heavy-duty wire rope."
  • "A winch is an absolute must, a missionary friend of mine uses an atv to hunt and he says he uses his winch almost every time he goes out."