Definition of capstan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

capstan

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈkæpstən//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæpstən//
 
Parts of boats and ships
 
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a thick cylinder that winds up a rope, used for lifting heavy objects such as an anchor on a ship See related entries: Parts of boats and ships Word Origin late Middle English: from Provençal cabestan, from cabestre ‘halter’, from Latin capistrum, from capere ‘seize’.
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