capstan

  • 1 Capstan — Cap stan, n. [F. cabestan, fr. Sp. cabestrante, cabrestante, fr. cabestrar to bind with a halter, fr. cabestrohalter, fr. L. capistrum halter, fr. capere to hold (see {Capacious}); or perh. the Spanish is fr. L. caper goat + stans, p. pr. of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Capstan — may refer to:*Capstan (nautical), rotating machine used to control or apply force to another element. *Capstan (tape recorder), rotating spindles used to move recording tape. *Capstan (cigarette), a brand of British cigarette.ee also*Rack and… …

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  • 3 Capstan —   [ kæpstən, englisch] der, s/ s, die Antriebswelle von Tonbandgeräten und Videorecordern, bewirkt den direkten Transport und bestimmt die Geschwindigkeit des Bandes, das durch eine Gummirolle (»pitch roller«) an den Capstan gedrückt wird …

    Universal-Lexikon

  • 4 capstan — late 14c., from O.Fr. cabestant, from O.Prov. cabestan, from capestre pulley cord, from L. capistrum halter, from capere to hold, take (see CAPABLE (Cf. capable)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 capstan — ► NOUN ▪ a broad revolving cylinder with a vertical axis, used for winding a rope or cable. ORIGIN Provençal cabestan, from Latin capere seize …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 capstan — [kap′stən] n. [ME < OProv cabestan < ? L capistrum, halter, muzzle < capere, to take: see HAVE] 1. an apparatus, mainly on ships, around which cables or hawsers are wound for hoisting anchors, lifting weights, etc.: it consists of an… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 Capstan — Cassettenfach mit Capstan, Andruckrolle, Ton und Löschkopf Ein Capstan (englisch für Spill), auch Tonwelle, ist eine rotierende Welle, die in Kombination mit einer Andruckrolle dazu dient, das Band in einem Bandgerät (Tonbandgerät,… …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 8 capstan — /kap steuhn, stan/, n. 1. any of various windlasses, rotated in a horizontal plane by hand or machinery, for winding in ropes, cables, etc. 2. a rotating spindle or shaft, powered by an electric motor, that transports magnetic tape past the heads …

    Universalium

  • 9 capstan — UK [ˈkæpstən] / US noun [countable] Word forms capstan : singular capstan plural capstans a round piece of equipment that you turn to wind a heavy rope, especially on a ship or at a port …

    English dictionary

  • 10 capstan — noun a) A vertical cleated drum or cylinder, revolving on an upright spindle, and surmounted by a drumhead with sockets for bars or levers. It is much used, especially on shipboard, for moving or raising heavy weights or exerting great power by… …

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  • 11 Capstan — Caps|tan [ kæpstən] der; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. capstan, dies aus fr. cabestan »(Schiffs)winde«, zu lat. capistrare »anbinden«> Antriebswelle von Tonbandgeräten u. Videorekordern …

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  • 12 capstan — [14] Capstan is a borrowing from Old Provençal. There the word was cabestan. Its earlier form capestran was a derivative of capestre ‘rope, noose’, which came from Latin capistrum ‘halter’. This in turn came from capere ‘take’, a prolific source… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 13 capstan — [[t]kæ̱pstən[/t]] capstans N COUNT A capstan is a machine consisting of a drum that turns round and pulls in a heavy rope or something attached to a rope, for example an anchor …

    English dictionary

  • 14 capstan — [14] Capstan is a borrowing from Old Provençal. There the word was cabestan. Its earlier form capestran was a derivative of capestre ‘rope, noose’, which came from Latin capistrum ‘halter’. This in turn came from capere ‘take’, a prolific source… …

    Word origins

  • 15 capstan — n. 1 a thick revolving cylinder with a vertical axis, for winding an anchor cable or a halyard etc. 2 a revolving spindle on a tape recorder, that guides the tape past the head. Phrases and idioms: capstan lathe a lathe with a revolving tool… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 16 capstan — noun Etymology: Middle English, probably from Middle French cabestant Date: 14th century 1. a machine for moving or raising heavy weights that consists of a vertical drum which can be rotated and around which cable is turned 2. a rotating shaft… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 Capstan — Лентопротяжный механизм; Ведущий вал лентопротяжного механизма …

    Краткий толковый словарь по полиграфии

  • 18 capstan — cap|stan [ˈkæpstən] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old Provençal; Origin: cabestan, from cabestre rope for leading an animal , probably from Latin capere to take, hold ] a round machine shaped like a drum, used to wind up a rope that pulls or lifts heavy… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 capstan — cap|stan [ kæpstən ] noun count a round piece of equipment that you turn to wind a heavy rope, especially on a ship or at a port …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 capstan — upright device for winding in heavy ropes or cables Nautical Terms …

    Phrontistery dictionary