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capstan (s) (noun), capstans (pl)
1. A round device that is turned or rotated around a vertical spindle and makes a circular movement by using a motor or lever so it can wind a heavy rope; especially, on a ship or at a sea port.
2. Etymology: from Latin capistrum halter, from capere, "to hold".
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