from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An inclined or vertical shaft or passage between levels in a mine.

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  • n. A steep shaft in a mine which joins two levels.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small shaft sunk from one level to another, as for the purpose of ventilation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mining, a vertical or inclined excavation which is like a shaft except that it does not rise to the surface.
  • n. A curse or imprecation.
  • n. A corrupt form of winch.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Alteration of obsolete winds, probably from wind2, apparatus for winding.

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Alteration of winds, 1757, plural of wind.


  • At other times the men lose hold of the ladders -- ` fall away 'from them, as they express it -- or stumble into a winze, which is a small shaft connecting level with level, in which latter case death is almost certain to ensue, many of the winzes being sixty feet deep.

    Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines

  • At length the gallery came to an end, though from it a small "winze," or passage, barely wide enough to crawl through, led upward at a sharp angle.

    The Copper Princess A Story of Lake Superior Mines

  • A water filled winze with log cribbing stands across from the adit within the stope.

    Information, Culture, Policy, Education: Spooky spaces underground: abandoned American iron mines

  • The name 'Winzy' might suggest that the protagonist of this story is a comic character; but the Scottish word 'winze' means curse and is here used to emphasize the tragic curse of eternal life suffered by the Mortal Immortal.

    Note: "Winzy"

  • She knew how the stones fell, how a slip-ping shelf of rock, an ill-guided pick, or a miner's spell might collapse the whole spindly arrangement of tunnel and winze and shortwall until the ground above them shuddered as the planet fell in on itself.

    The Dark Queen

  • He should enter the mine and follow the left drift until he came upon McIntyre in the winze.


  • Raising the flame to his smoke, he lit it, then flicked the match into the winze with a shrug.


  • Owing to the excellent showing of ore obtained on the 3,000 level by the Hale & Norcross Company, and to the continuation of the ore below that level (as shown by a winze sunk in the vein), the management determined to sink the shaft to the vertical depth of 3,200 ft.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 508, September 26, 1885

  • At this point they are connected by a drift, from which an exploring shaft or winze is sunk to a further depth of 666 feet, and from that again was put down a bore hole 49 feet in depth, making the total depth reached 3,562 feet.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 508, September 26, 1885

  • It thus all arrives at a single point, -- the winze, -- and must be drawn from a single ore-pass into the level.

    Principles of Mining Valuation, Organization and Administration


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  • Our dreams are dug by elves and djinns

    With many a twist to shaft and winze -

    The infernal mines

    Of nocturnal minds

    That grub for gold mid this day’s sins.

    February 10, 2015

  • "The shop, adjacent to the Palace, but divided from it by the breadth of a steep narrow street desperate as a winze, was opening early."

    - Lowry, Under the Volcano

    June 25, 2011