• IPA: /ˈkap.stən/

capstan (plural capstans)

  1. (nautical) A vertical cylindrical machine that revolves on a spindle, used to apply force to ropes, cables, etc. It is typically surmounted by a drumhead with sockets for levers used to turn it.
  2. (electronics) A rotating spindle used to move recording tape through the mechanism of a tape recorder.
Translations Translations
  • German: Capstan, Bandantriebsrolle, Tonwelle

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