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wind•lass



Pronunciation: (wind'lus), [key]
n.
a device for raising or hauling objects, usually consisting of a horizontal cylinder or barrel turned by a crank, lever, motor, or the like, upon which a cable, rope, or chain winds, the outer end of the cable being attached directly or indirectly to the weight to be raised or the thing to be hauled or pulled; winch.

v.t.
to raise, haul, or move (a load) by means of a windlass.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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