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

  • transitive v. To take captive, as by force or craft; seize.
  • transitive v. To gain possession or control of, as in a game or contest: capture the queen in chess; captured the liberal vote.
  • transitive v. To attract and hold: tales of adventure that capture the imagination.
  • transitive v. To succeed in preserving in lasting form: capture a likeness in a painting.
  • n. The act of catching, taking, or winning, as by force or skill.
  • n. One that has been seized, caught, or won; a catch or prize.
  • n. Physics The phenomenon in which an atom or a nucleus absorbs a subatomic particle, often with the subsequent emission of radiation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The thing taken; a prize.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French capture (noun). (Wiktionary)

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