Definition of winch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

winch

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//wɪntʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪntʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they winch
BrE BrE//wɪntʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪntʃ//
 
he / she / it winches
BrE BrE//ˈwɪntʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪntʃɪz//
 
past simple winched
BrE BrE//wɪntʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪntʃt//
 
past participle winched
BrE BrE//wɪntʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪntʃt//
 
-ing form winching
BrE BrE//ˈwɪntʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪntʃɪŋ//
 
 
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winch somebody/something + adv./prep. to lift somebody/something up into the air using a winch A helicopter winched the survivors to safety. Word Origin late Old English wince ‘reel, pulley’, of Germanic origin; related to the verb wink. The verb dates from the early 16th cent.Extra examples Once all the crates had been winched aboard, the ship prepared to set sail. She was winched up out of the water. The crew of the wrecked ship had been winched to safety. winching the survivors off the ship
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