differential windlass

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differential windlass

[‚dif·ə′ren·chəl ′wind·ləs]
(mechanical engineering)
A windlass in which the barrel has two sections, each having a different diameter; the rope winds around one section, passes through a pulley (which carries the load), then winds around the other section of the barrel.