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capstan bar

a long lever for turning a capstan by hand.
Origin of capstan bar
First recorded in 1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Of course, place the men as near to the end of the capstan bar as convenient for work.

  • Let us all, of no matter what rank, put hand and strength to the capstan bar!

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • But if I saw a capstan bar lying about here, I would soon manage to shift that billiard table of yours a good many inches.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • Jacob had fought valiantly for a short time, but he too had been knocked senseless by a blow with a capstan bar.

  • He must live so far fr'm th' sea that he don't know a capstan bar fr'm a sheet anchor.

  • Ledyard had broken French Jack's leg with a capstan bar when Jack came up through the hatch.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • After three days' labor we finally succeeded in sparring her off with a capstan bar, and went on to Memphis.

  • Carey gave a hearty cheer, while Bostock threw down his capstan bar with a rattle on the deck.

    King o' the Beach George Manville Fenn
  • I had to knock one of them down myself with a capstan bar, for he ran at the mate with his knife.

  • Forty years ago the sailor sang, as he worked at the capstan bar; now he heaves in silence.

    The Sea Jules Michelet
British Dictionary definitions for capstan bar

capstan bar

a lever, often wooden, for turning a capstan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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