Meaning of CAPSTAN in English

CAPSTAN

/ ˈkæpstən; NAmE / noun

a thick cylinder that winds up a rope, used for lifting heavy objects such as an anchor on a ship

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English : from Provençal cabestan , from cabestre halter, from Latin capistrum , from capere seize.

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