What does the word windlass mean?

Usage examples for windlass

  1. There are indications that the cattle were hauled up by means of a windlass. – Castles and Cave Dwellings of Europe by Sabine Baring-Gould
  2. The vessel went into it to the windlass. – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by 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 by Morgan Robertson