One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shaft or inclined passage leading from one level to another, but not rising to the surface.‘a winze 50 feet deep’
mineshaft, tunnel, passage, pit, adit, downcast, upcastView synonyms
- ‘He was not prepared to get his feet wet and didn't like the dark, so he told us to sort it out and dump it down a flooded winze.’
- ‘At 20 fathoms the winze came out into the side of a large stope which was curved so that despite being on the footwall there was a grave danger of sliding over the edge.’
- ‘Another winze disclosed pockets of gold mineralization, but no mining was done in the area because of fractured and altered ground and an influx of water.’
- ‘The company has decided to replace the old shaft and winze with a new 7,500-foot single lift.’
- ‘A 60-foot winze connected the two working levels.’
- ‘He would not climb down the winze from Cross Roads Adit but climbed up the same winze when coming from Taylor's Shaft.’
Mid 18th century: perhaps from wind.
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