Meaning of CAPSTAN in English

CAPSTAN

[ 'kapst(ə)n ]

■ noun

1》 a broad revolving cylinder with a vertical axis used for winding a rope or cable.

2》 the motor-driven spindle on a tape recorder that makes the tape travel past the head.

Origin

ME: from Provençal cabestan , from cabestre 'halter', from L. capistrum , from capere 'seize'.

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