Meaning of CAPSTAN in English


n. 1 a thick revolving cylinder with a vertical axis, for winding an anchor cable or a halyard etc. 2 a revolving spindle on a tape recorder, that guides the tape past the head. capstan lathe a lathe with a revolving tool-holder.

[ Prov. cabestan, ult. f. L capistrum halter f. capere seize ]

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