One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Weaponry. A portable apparatus incorporating a windlass, used for bending a crossbow. historical.
2A wheeling movement in a dance.
3A circular swing of a sword or sabre. Also (Fencing).
Early 18th century (in an earlier sense). From French moulinet winch, capstan, type of movement in a dance, quick circular movement made with an épée or sabre, specifically senses of moulinet.
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