- n a windlass rotated in a horizontal plane around a vertical axis; used on ships for weighing anchor or raising heavy sails
- Under their weight, the groaning capstan turns.
- Under his nerveless, hypnotic brown eyes, the men heaved 50 tons of equipment overboard, worked the pumps until they dropped, and strained mightily at the capstan so that on the .
- Jeremy Browne in This Is The Westcountry
Mr Browne said: "The bridge is a complete mess." "It was last painted so long ago that an ancient advert for Wills Capstan cigarettes can be seen along with the old British Rail logo." "Network Rail has tried to dodge its...