Definition of windlass noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈwɪndləs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪndləs//
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a type of winch (= a machine for lifting or pulling heavy objects) Word Originlate Middle English: probably an alteration of obsolete windas, via Anglo-Norman French from Old Norse vindáss, literally ‘winding pole’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: windlass