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A windlass is a type of winch, fitted with a wildcat for hauling chain, and/or a gypsy for rope. Windlasses have horizontal drums or wheels for handling heavy anchor chains, hawsers, etc.

From what I can tell, it comes from the Old Norse for winding things around a pole: Vin and ass.

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