from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Law A warrant for arrest.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A writ or process commanding the officer to take the body of the person named in it, that is, to arrest him; -- also called writ of capias.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, a writ in a civil action directing that the person of the defendant be taken into custody.
Middle English, from Medieval Latin capiās, from Latin, second person sing. present subjunctive of capere, to seize (from the first word of the writ).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin capiās ("you should seize, you are to seize"), from capiō ("to seize"). (Wiktionary)