Meaning of “capstan” in the English Dictionary

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"capstan" in British English

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capstannoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæp.stən/ us /ˈkæp.stən/

a machine with a spinning vertical cylinder that is used, especially on ships, for pulling heavy objects with a rope

a thin, spinning cylinder in a tape recorder (= a machine that records and plays back sound) that pulls the tape through the machine

(Definition of “capstan” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)