how to pronounce capstan


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the above transcription of capstan is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

capstan is pronounced in two syllables

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meanings of capstan


  1. A rotating spindle used to move recording tape through the mechanism of a tape recorder.
  2. 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.

capstan frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word capstan occurs in english on average 0.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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