Winding engine, an engine employed in mining to draw up buckets from a deep pit; a hoisting engine.Winding sheet, a sheet in which a corpse is wound or wrapped.Winding tackle(Naut.), a tackle consisting of a fixed triple block, and a double or triple movable block, used for hoisting heavy articles in or out of a vessel. Totten.

(Wind"ing*ly), adv. In a winding manner.

(Wind"lace) n. & v. See Windlass. [Obs.]

Two arblasts, . . . with windlaces and quarrels.
Sir W. Scott.

(Wind"lass) n.[Perhaps from wind to turn + lace.] A winding and circuitous way; a roundabout course; a shift.

(Wind"lass), v. i. To take a roundabout course; to work warily or by indirect means. [Obs.] Hammond.

(Wind"lass), n. [OE. windelas, windas, Icel. vindilass, vindas, fr. vinda to wind + ass a pole; cf. Goth. ans a beam. See Wind to turn.]

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.

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

Chinese windlass. See Differential windlass, under Differential.

(Wind"lass), v. t. & i. To raise with, or as with, a windlass; to use a windlass. The Century.

(Wind"hov`er) n. [From its habit of hovering over one spot.] (Zoöl.) The kestrel; — called also windbibber, windcuffer, windfanner. [Prov. Eng.]

(Wind"i*ness) n.

1. The quality or state of being windy or tempestuous; as, the windiness of the weather or the season.

2. Fullness of wind; flatulence.

3. Tendency to generate wind or gas; tendency to produce flatulence; as, the windiness of vegetables.

4. Tumor; puffiness.

The swelling windiness of much knowledge.

(Wind"ing) n. [From Wind to blow.] (Naut.) A call by the boatswain's whistle.

(Wind"ing), a. [From Wind to twist.] Twisting from a direct line or an even surface; circuitous. Keble.

(Wind"ing), n. A turn or turning; a bend; a curve; flexure; meander; as, the windings of a road or stream.

To nurse the saplings tall, and curl the grove
With ringlets quaint, and wanton windings wove.

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