Translation of capstan in Spanish:


cabrestante, n.

Pronunciation /ˈkæpstən/ /ˈkapst(ə)n/


  • 1

    cabrestante masculine
    • Helping were a number of Adsteam tugs and a team of ADI dockworkers who, with stout ropes and capstans finally secured the giant ship.
    • The space round the anchor capstans is interesting; it looks as if it was designed for a gang of sailors to work the capstan by hand if the powered mechanism should fail.
    • The pirates instantly began winching the cable in with a capstan.
    • In one design, two or more horses walked in a circle on deck, turning a capstan amidships that was geared to a paddle wheel set between a pair of catamaran-like hulls.
    • These features are as just as diagnostic as slipways, docks, capstans, roperies, smithies or other such structural evidence.
    • To minimise ice formation on the superstructure, all winches, capstans, etc. are placed under deck.
    • He makes it fast to the cable - he reeves the jeer-fall through it - the jeer-fall is brought to the capstan, with the standing part belayed to the bitts.
    • Immediately beyond the bow, the foredeck capstans and deck winches could be seen.
    • A variation is for a pair of capstans (vertically mounted winches), again more common on warships.
    • Another model portrayed a more elaborate method of careening a ship using an enormous floating dock with a set of capstans to pull a hull onto one side.
    • Near the seabed, an interesting feature is a large power capstan.
    • For simpler tasks of pulling cars through a loading/unloading area a cable and capstan were used.
    • At the stern, a single capstan and chain hold the kedge anchor in place against the rear of the hull.
    • Swimming over and down the foredeck we could see winches, anchor chains and capstans fitted to an intact deck, as if on the day the Justicia was lost.
    • After the top of the barrel has been shaped, the coopers wrap cables around the base of the barrel and use a capstan to cinch up the base.
    • Behind the forward capstan, the wreck becomes an unidentifiable mess but it can be seen that the superstructure had rounded windows rather than portholes.
    • You will note mooring bollards and a single capstan with a large winch further behind, and are likely to come across an enormous edible crab which has been there for quite a while.
    • Heading back from the bow past three pairs of bollards, the area of deck that would have held the anchor capstans has been cut open to leave a wide hole down into the forecastle.
    • Towards either side of the deck is another pair of capstans.
    • The stern deck itself has a big capstan in the centre, with pairs of small bollards on either side.
  • 2

    (on tape recorder)
    capstan masculine
    • Any rolling part can do it, but the major flutter-maker in your tape recorder is likely to be the capstan.
    • But as the tape winds on over the capstans, fragments are lost or dulled, and the music becomes a ghost of itself, tiny gasps of full-bodied chords groaning to life amid pits of near-silence.
    • Helical Scan media, on the other hand, is pulled out of the cartridge shell, then led through a complicated system of guides and capstan rollers before being wrapped around a rotating head.
    • For every 30 inches of tape that zips by the heads in one second, the ATR capstan rotates just four times!
    • After two years in the field, drives without a sealed mechanism experience dust buildup around the media entrance and in critical areas such as the capstan.