Chinese windlass
Windlass Wind"lass, n. [OE. windelas, windas, Icel. vindil[=a]ss, vind[=a]s, fr. vinda to wind + [=a]ss a pole; cf. Goth. ans a beam. See {Wind} to turn.] [1913 Webster] 1. A machine for raising weights, consisting of a horizontal cylinder or roller moving on its axis, and turned by a crank, lever, or similar means, so as to wind up a rope or chain attached to the weight. In vessels the windlass is often used instead of the capstan for raising the anchor. It is usually set upon the forecastle, and is worked by hand or steam. [1913 Webster]

2. An apparatus resembling a winch or windlass, for bending the bow of an arblast, or crossbow. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Chinese windlass}. See {Differential windlass}, under {Differential}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Chinese windlass — n. DIFFERENTIAL WINDLASS * * * …   Universalium

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  • Chinese windlass — differential dif fer*en tial, a. [Cf. F. diff[ e]rentiel.] 1. Relating to or indicating a difference; creating a difference; discriminating; special; as, differential characteristics; differential duties; a differential rate. [1913 Webster] For… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chinese windlass. — See differential windlass. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • chinese windlass — noun Usage: usually capitalized C : differential windlass …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chinese windlass — noun see differential windlass …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chinese windlass. — See differential windlass. [1870 75] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Windlass — Wind lass, n. [OE. windelas, windas, Icel. vindil[=a]ss, vind[=a]s, fr. vinda to wind + [=a]ss a pole; cf. Goth. ans a beam. See {Wind} to turn.] [1913 Webster] 1. A machine for raising weights, consisting of a horizontal cylinder or roller… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Windlass — For the tool used to raise paddle gear on canal locks, see Windlass ( lock key ) Turnbridge Windlass Lift road bridge over Huddersfield Broad Canal …   Wikipedia

  • windlass — Synonyms and related words: Chinese windlass, Spanish windlass, capstan, crab, crane, derrick, erector, forklift, gantry crane, hoist, hydraulic tailgate, jack, jackscrew, lever, lift, lifter, reel, tackle, winch …   Moby Thesaurus

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