Pronunciation: (winch),[key] —n. 1. the crank or handle of a revolving machine.
2. a windlass turned by a crank, for hoisting or hauling.
3. any of various devices for cranking.
4. Also,wince.Textiles. a. any machine equipped with rollers that guide cloth through a dye or finishing solution in an open vat.
b. a roller between two dyeing vats for passing cloth from one vat to another.
—v.t. to hoist or haul (a load) by means of a winch.