- a long lever for turning a capstan by hand.
Origin of capstan bar
First recorded in 1620–30
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Examples from the Web for capstan bar
“Here, let me come,” cried Dumlow, limping up with his capstan-bar.Sail Ho!
George Manville Fenn
Into these the bread was pressed by beating it to powder with a capstan-bar.Ocean's Story; or Triumphs of Thirty Centuries
First one that raises a hand off a capstan-bar, drill him through the head.
Mahmud loosed his hold on the capstan-bar and in great anguish approached.
Madison Washington struck at him with a capstan-bar, and he fell dead at his feet.The Freedmen's Book
Lydia Maria Child
- a lever, often wooden, for turning a capstan
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