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capstan

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noun cap·stan \ˈkap-stən, -ˌstan\

Simple Definition of capstan

  • : a machine that turns so that rope or a cable can wind around it and move or lift heavy weights (such as a ship's anchor)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of capstan

  1. 1 :  a machine for moving or raising heavy weights that consists of a vertical drum which can be rotated and around which cable is turned

  2. 2 :  a rotating shaft that drives tape at a constant speed in a recorder


CAPSTAN Defined for Kids

capstan

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noun cap·stan \ˈkap-stən\

Definition of capstan for Students

  1. :  a device that consists of a drum to which a rope is fastened and that is used especially on ships for raising the anchor




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