Definition of winze in English:



  • A shaft or inclined passage leading from one level to another, but not rising to the surface.

    ‘a winze 50 feet deep’
    • ‘The company has decided to replace the old shaft and winze with a new 7,500-foot single lift.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He would not climb down the winze from Cross Roads Adit but climbed up the same winze when coming from Taylor's Shaft.’
    • ‘A 60-foot winze connected the two working levels.’
    mineshaft, tunnel, passage, pit, adit, downcast, upcast
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Mid 18th century: perhaps from wind.