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capstan bar

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  1. 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

Historical Examples

  • “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.

  • First one that raises a hand off a capstan-bar, drill him through the head.


    George Allan England

  • Mahmud loosed his hold on the capstan-bar and in great anguish approached.


    George Allan England

  • Madison Washington struck at him with a capstan-bar, and he fell dead at his feet.

    The Freedmen's Book

    Lydia Maria Child

British Dictionary definitions for capstan bar

capstan bar

  1. a lever, often wooden, for turning a capstan
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