Origin of capstan
Examples from the Web for capstan
Historical Examples of capstan
The gripes were now loosened, and the fall of one of the tackles was led to the capstan.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
He got round an old man's heart like a rope round a capstan.The Manxman
And none of them attempted to cut your lasso from their capstan?
Capstan shanties are readily distinguishable by their music.The Shanty Book, Part I, Sailor Shanties
Richard Runciman Terry
Then Captain Mayo heard the steady clanking of capstan pawls.Blow The Man Down
Word Origin for capstan
late 14c., from Old French cabestant, from Old Provençal cabestan, from capestre "pulley cord," from Latin capistrum "halter," from capere "to hold, take" (see capable).