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Definition of Capstan

Capstan

  1. A vertical cleated drum or cylinder, revolving on an upright spindle, and surmounted by a drumhead with sockets for bars or levers. It is much used, especially on shipboard, for moving or raising heavy weights or exerting great power by traction upon a rope or cable, passing around the drum. It is operated either by steam power or by a number of men walking around the capstan, each pushing on the end of a lever fixed in its socket.

Capstan Translations

capstan in German is Rollenantrieb
capstan in Spanish is cabrestante
capstan in Swedish is ankarspel