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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A windlass rotated in a horizontal plane around a vertical axis.

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  • Directly abaft the capstan was the fore-hatch, over which lay the path of those who walked around at the bars.
  • A small, strong raft, it may be forty feet square, with an upright windlass in its centre, called a capstan, is fastened to some part of the boom.
  • Also crazy "capstan" control of your reel-to-reel for early time-stretch, which, if you can understand it, makes time travel seem possible after all.
  • Without the capstan eighty men would have been needed. for more
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