Meaning of CAPSTAN in English

CAPSTAN

noun Etymology: Middle English, probably from Middle French cabestant Date: 14th century a machine for moving or raising heavy weights that consists of a vertical drum which can be rotated and around which cable is turned, a rotating shaft that drives tape at a constant speed in a recorder

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