windlass


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Windlass \Wind"lass\, n.[Perhaps from wind to turn + lace.]
   A winding and circuitous way; a roundabout course; a shift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Windlass \Wind"lass\, v. i.
   To take a roundabout course; to work warily or by indirect
   means. [Obs.] --Hammond.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Windlass \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.]
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   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.
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   2. An apparatus resembling a winch or windlass, for bending
      the bow of an arblast, or crossbow. [Obs.] --Shak.
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   Chinese windlass. See Differential windlass, under
      Differential.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Windlass \Wind"lass\, v. t. & i.
   To raise with, or as with, a windlass; to use a windlass.
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