To pawl the capstan


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To pawl the capstan See under Capstan.
    • To pawl the capstan to drop the pawls so that they will catch in the notches of the pawl ring, and prevent the capstan from turning back.
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In literature:

But the capstan pawls began to click in staccato, showing that the anchor had been broken out.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day