Meaning of CAPSTAN in English

CAPSTAN

/kap"steuhn, -stan/ , n.

1. any of various windlasses, rotated in a horizontal plane by hand or machinery, for winding in ropes, cables, etc.

2. a rotating spindle or shaft, powered by an electric motor, that transports magnetic tape past the heads of a tape recorder at a constant speed.

[ 1350-1400; ME cabestan ( t ) cabestan, var. of cabestran, presumably prp. of * cabest ( r ) ar, a v. deriv. of cabestre halter capistrum ]

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