Definition of capstan
n. - 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 traction upon a rope or cable, passing around the drum. It is operated either by steam power or by a number of men walking around the capstan, each pushing on the end of a lever fixed in its socket. 2
The word "capstan" uses 7 letters: A A C N P S T.
Shorter words found within capstan:
aa aas act acta acts an ana anas ansa ant anta antas ants apt as asp at atap ataps can cans canst cant cants cap caps captan casa cast cat catnap cats na nap naps pa pac paca pacas pacs pact pacts pan pans pant pants pas past pasta pat pats sac sancta sap sat scan scant scat snap spa span spat ta tan tans tap tapa tapas taps tas
List shorter words within capstan, sorted by length
All words formed from capstan by changing one letter
Browse words starting with capstan by next letter