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Definition of Capstan

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mechanical device used on ships to wind cables or hoist sales
Capstan Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
A vertical cleated drum or cylinder, revolving on an upright spindle, and surmounted by a drumhead with sockets for bars or levers. It is much used, especially on shipboard, for moving or raising heavy weights or exerting great power by traction upon a rope or cable, passing around the drum. It is operated either by steam power or by a number of men walking around the capstan, each pushing on the end of a lever fixed in its socket.
  
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capstan
\cap"stan\ (?), n. [f. cabestan, fr. sp. cabestrante, cabrestante, fr. cabestrar to bind with a halter, fr. cabestrohalter, fr. l. capistrum halter, fr. capere to hold (see capacious); or perh. the spanish is fr. l. caper goat + stans, p. pr. of stare to stand; cf. f. chèvre she-goat, also a machine for raising heavy weights.] a vertical cleated drum or cylinder, revolving on an upright spindle, and surmounted by a drumhead with sockets for bars or levers. it is much used, especially on shipboard, for moving or raising heavy weights or exerting great power by traction upon a rope or cable, passing around the drum. it is operated either by steam power or by a number of men walking around the capstan, each pushing on the end of a lever fixed in its socket. [sometimes spelt capstern, but improperly.]
capstan
bar, one of the long bars or levers by which the capstan is worked; a handspike..


  similar words(6) 



 jeer capstan 
 to come up the capstan 
 to rig the capstan 
 to surge the capstan 
 capstan bar 
 to pawl the capstan 
Anagram
     catnaps
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a windlass rotated in a horizontal plane around a vertical axis; used on ships for weighing anchor or raising heavy sails
(hypernym) winch, windlass
Capstan Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
2K Group Shipping, Trade, Insurance Dictionary
large manual winch used for any extremely heavy lifting; especially the raising of the anchor
Capstan Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Capstan may refer to:
  • Capstan (nautical), a rotating machine used to control or apply force to another element
  • Capstan (tape recorder), rotating spindles used to move recording tape through the mechanism of a tape recorder
  • Capstan (software), audio restoration program by Celemony which eliminates wow and flutter
  • Capstan (cigarette), a brand of British cigarette
  • Slingsby Capstan, a British two-seat glider of the 1960s

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Capstan Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
maritime&shipping&trade
A machine for drawing up the anchor by the messenger which is taken round it, and applied to the cable by the nippers.
Capstan Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
Guitar Glossary
In a tape-recorder transport, a rotating post that contacts the tape (along with the pinch roller) and pulls the tape past the heads at a constant speed during recording and playback.
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