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Warping head, warping end, gypsy head


A cylinder-like fitting at the end of winch or windlass shafts. The fiber line or wire rope is hauled or slacked by winding a few turns around it, the free end being held taut manually as it rotates. Warping ends are used mostly for auxiliary purposes such as hauling ropes across a deck or for handling additional mooring lines.