Capstan vs. Windlass
Difference Between Capstan and Windlass
(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.
Any of various forms of winch, in which a rope or cable is wound around a cylinder, used for lifting heavy weights
(electronics) A rotating spindle used to move recording tape through the mechanism of a tape recorder.
A winding and circuitous way; a roundabout course.
a windlass rotated in a horizontal plane around a vertical axis; used on ships for weighing anchor or raising heavy sails
An apparatus resembling a winch or windlass, for bending the bow of an arblast, or crossbow.
To raise with, or as if with, a windlass; to use a windlass.
To take a roundabout course; to work warily or by indirect means.
lifting device consisting of a horizontal cylinder turned by a crank on which a cable or rope winds