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cabestan

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French cabestant, of uncertain origin. Either from Old Occitan cabestran (instrument to coil cords), a noun use of present participle of verb cabestrar, from cabestre (pulley rope) ; or from Spanish cabestrante, cabrestante, from cabestrar (to bind with a halter), from cabestro (halter), from Latin capistrum (halter), from capere (to hold) (see capacious); or perhaps the Spanish is from Latin caper (goat) + -stans, present participle of stare (to stand) ; confer French chèvre (she-goat), also a machine for raising heavy weights.

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NounEdit

cabestan m (plural cabestans)

  1. capstan (vertical cleated drum or cylinder)

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