Part of speech: noun

An upright windlass for hoisting anchors, etc.

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Usage examples "capstan":

  1. And with the power from the capstan it all happened so quickly that the large boat had barely started to move when suddenly it was flush against the side of the ship. - "The White Knight: Tirant lo Blanc", Joanot Martorell and Marti Johan d'Galba.
  2. The men far out on the deadwater, pushing against the bars of the capstan, heard the tumult on the shore and shouted the chorus of their challenging chantey. - "Joan of Arc of the North Woods", Holman Day.
  3. They were the average crew of a sailing ship, men from every nation under the sun, and as they passed slowly round the capstan, their shoulders hunched to their ears, each man answered sullenly to his name. - "The Moving Finger A Trotting Christmas Eve at Warwingie Lost! The Loss of the "Vanity" Dick Stanesby's Hutkeeper The Yanyilla Steeplechase A Digger's Christmas", Mary Gaunt.