1) An earlier form of windlass, a contrivance for lifting or drawing, as water from a well, coal from a pit or sacks of grain in a mill.

1379-80 Et in potu dato diversis auxiliantibus ad le wyndas eadem die 2d, Ripon

1582 j wyndhouse rope with windhouses & pules [pulleys], South Cave

1619 2 cottrells & 6 bragges for the mylne wyndesses xvjd, Brandsby.

spellings windhouse
dates 1379-1380 1582 1619

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