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mechanical device for hauling or lifting consisting essentially of a movable drum around which a cable is wound so that rotation of the drum produces a drawing force at the end of the cable.
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A modification of the wheel and axle used for lifting weights; usually an axle, turned by a crank, and a rope or chain wound around the axle for raising the weight.
a machine for raising weights by winding a rope or chain upon a barrel or drum driven by a crank, motor, etc.