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capstannoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkæp.stən/
a ​machine with a ​spinningverticalcylinder that is used, ​especially on ​ships, for ​pullingheavyobjects with a ​rope a ​thin, ​spinningcylinder in a tape recorder (= a ​machine that ​records and ​plays back ​sound) that ​pulls the tape through the ​machine
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