Part of speech: noun

Mech. A drum turned by a handle so as to wind up a rope and raise a weight.

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Usage examples "windlass":

  1. There are indications that the cattle were hauled up by means of a windlass. - "Castles and Cave Dwellings of Europe", Sabine Baring-Gould.
  2. The vessel went into it to the windlass. - "Masters of the Wheat-Lands", Harold Bindloss.
  3. Work stopped, and a call down a hatchway stopped the windlass. - ""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea", Morgan Robertson.