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English definition of “winch”

winch

noun [C] uk   /wɪntʃ/ (also windlass) us  
a machine that lifts heavy objects by turning a chain or rope around a tube-shaped deviceMachinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic chores
winch
verb [T] uk   us  
Two helicopters winched the passengers to safety from the deck of the ship.Raising and lowering
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