Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To take captive, as by force or craft; seize.
  • transitive verb To gain possession or control of, as in a game or contest.
  • transitive verb To attract and hold.
  • transitive verb Astronomy To attract and pull (a celestial body) into orbit by gravitation.
  • transitive verb To succeed in preserving in lasting form.
  • noun The act of catching, taking, or winning, as by force or skill.
  • noun One that has been seized, caught, or won; a catch or prize.
  • noun Astronomy The process by which a massive body, such as a star or planet, draws and holds another body in gravitational orbit.
  • noun Physics The phenomenon in which an atom or a nucleus absorbs a subatomic particle, often with the subsequent emission of radiation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of taking or seizing; seizure; arrest: as, the capture of an enemy, of a ship, or of booty, by force, surprise, or stratagem; the capture of a criminal.
  • noun The thing taken; a prize.
  • In physical geography, to divert part of (a river) to a new course: said of the action of a stream that erodes its valley headward into the basin of another river and thus captures or diverts the upper waters of the latter to its own course.
  • To take or seize by force, surprise, or stratagem, as an enemy or his property; take captive; make a prize or prisoner of: as, to capture a vessel or a fortress; to capture prisoners.
  • To win by ingenuity or skill against resistance or competition: as, to capture a prize for marksmanship.
  • noun In physical geography, the process by which a stream, lengthening its valley by head-ward erosion and thus encroaching upon a neighboring drainage-basin of greater altitude, eventually taps another stream, whose upper waters are thus diverted and whose lower waters are left ‘beheaded’: said also of glaciers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of seizing by force, or getting possession of by superior power or by stratagem.
  • noun The securing of an object of strife or desire, as by the power of some attraction.
  • noun The thing taken by force, surprise, or stratagem; a prize; prey.
  • transitive verb To seize or take possession of by force, surprise, or stratagem; to overcome and hold; to secure by effort.
  • transitive verb to record or make a lasting representation of (sound or images).
  • transitive verb (Games) to take control of, or remove from play.
  • transitive verb to exert a strong psychological influence on.
  • transitive verb (Computers) to record (data) in a computer-readable form.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An act of capturing.
  • noun Something that has been captured; a captive.
  • verb To take control of.
  • verb To store (as in sounds or image) for later revisitation.
  • verb To reproduce convincingly.
  • verb To remove or take control of an opponent’s piece in a game (e.g., chess, go, checkers).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
  • verb succeed in representing or expressing something intangible
  • verb bring about the capture of an elementary particle or celestial body and causing it enter a new orbit
  • verb attract; cause to be enamored
  • noun any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle
  • noun a process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its gravitational field
  • verb capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
  • noun the removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board
  • noun the act of taking of a person by force
  • verb take possession of by force, as after an invasion
  • verb succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From French, capture, from Old French, from Latin captūra, a catching of animals, from captus, past participle of capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French capture (noun).

Examples

  • The court could simply apply the Quirin decision holding that the 5th and 6th Amendments do not apply to unlawful belligerents facing a military commission to the status hearings which determine whether the capture is an unlawful combatant.

    Balkinization

  • If the capture is al Qaeda, then he would have to be self deluding to believe that he was being held "unjustly."

    Balkinization

  • The court could simply apply the Quirin decision holding that the 5th and 6th Amendments do not apply to unlawful belligerents facing a military commission to the status hearings which determine whether the capture is an unlawful combatant.

    Balkinization

  • The court could simply apply the Quirin decision holding that the 5th and 6th Amendments do not apply to unlawful belligerents facing a military commission to the status hearings which determine whether the capture is an unlawful combatant.

    Balkinization

  • The court could simply apply the Quirin decision holding that the 5th and 6th Amendments do not apply to unlawful belligerents facing a military commission to the status hearings which determine whether the capture is an unlawful combatant.

    Balkinization

  • The court could simply apply the Quirin decision holding that the 5th and 6th Amendments do not apply to unlawful belligerents facing a military commission to the status hearings which determine whether the capture is an unlawful combatant.

    Balkinization

  • If the capture is al Qaeda, then he would have to be self deluding to believe that he was being held "unjustly."

    Balkinization

  • This capture is the result of an operation which began with the capture in Lázaro Cardenes, Michoacán of 19 tons of psuedoefedrina which came from China and which is used in the manufacture of "crystal" and metafetaminas; psycho trophic drugs.

    $250,000,000 usd of Narco Money

  • The court could simply apply the Quirin decision holding that the 5th and 6th Amendments do not apply to unlawful belligerents facing a military commission to the status hearings which determine whether the capture is an unlawful combatant.

    Balkinization

  • If the capture is al Qaeda, then he would have to be self deluding to believe that he was being held "unjustly."

    Balkinization

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  • Lütfen, beni bu esaretten kurtar.

    I took a lot of pictures.One of them is a great capture.

    January 22, 2013