1. A stationary motorized or hand-powered machine used for hoisting or hauling, having a drum around which is wound a rope, cable, or chain attached to the load being moved.
2. The crank used to give motion to a grindstone or similar device.
tr.v. winched, winch·ing, winch·es
To move with or as if with a winch.
[Middle English winche, pulley, from Old English wince, reel, roller.]
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