Definition of Capture

1. Noun. The act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property.

2. Verb. Succeed in representing or expressing something intangible. "Capture an idea"
Generic synonyms: Interpret, Represent
Specialized synonyms: Recapture

3. Noun. A process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its gravitational field.

4. Verb. Attract; cause to be enamored. "The performance is likely to capture Sue"; "She captured all the men's hearts"

5. Noun. Any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle.

6. Verb. Succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase. "Did you catch the thief?"
Exact synonyms: Catch, Get
Generic synonyms: Clutch, Prehend, Seize
Specialized synonyms: Recapture, Retake, Lasso, Rope
Derivative terms: Catch

7. Noun. The act of taking of a person by force.
Exact synonyms: Seizure
Generic synonyms: Felony
Specialized synonyms: Abduction, Kidnapping, Snatch
Derivative terms: Seize

8. Verb. Bring about the capture of an elementary particle or celestial body and causing it enter a new orbit. "The star captured a comet"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify

9. Noun. The removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board.
Generic synonyms: Chess Move
Specialized synonyms: En Passant, Exchange, Exchange

10. Verb. Take possession of by force, as after an invasion. "The militia captured the castle"
Exact synonyms: Appropriate, Conquer, Seize
Generic synonyms: Arrogate, Assume, Seize, Take Over, Usurp
Specialized synonyms: Carry
Derivative terms: Appropriative, Appropriator, Conquering, Seizure

11. Verb. Capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping. "I caught a rabbit in the trap today"
Exact synonyms: Catch
Specialized synonyms: Hunt, Hunt Down, Run, Track Down, Frog, Bag, Batfowl, Rat, Ensnare, Entrap, Snare, Trammel, Trap
Related verbs: Catch
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Get
Derivative terms: Capturer, Catch

Definition of Capture

1. n. The act of seizing by force, or getting possession of by superior power or by stratagem; as, the capture of an enemy, a vessel, or a criminal.

2. v. t. To seize or take possession of by force, surprise, or stratagem; to overcome and hold; to secure by effort.

Definition of Capture

1. Noun. An act of capturing. ¹

2. Noun. Something that has been captured; a captive. ¹

3. Verb. To take control of. ¹

4. Verb. To store (as in sounds or image) for later revisitation. ¹

5. Verb. To reproduce convincingly. ¹

6. Verb. To remove or take control of an opponent’s piece in a game (e.g., chess, go, checkers). ¹

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Definition of Capture

1. to take by force or cunning [v -TURED, -TURING, -TURES]

Medical Definition of Capture

1. Catching and holding a particle or an electrical impulse originating elsewhere. Origin: L. Capio, pp. -tus, to take, seise Atrial capture, control of the atria for one or more beats after a period of independent beating, as in complete A-V block or in junctional or ventricular ectopic beats or tachycardias by a retrograde impulse. Electron capture, a mode of radioactive disintegration, in which an orbital electron, usually from the K shell, is captured by the nucleus, converting a proton into a neutron with ejection of a neutrino and emission of a gamma ray, and emission of characteristic X-rays as the missing K-shell electron is replaced. Synonym: K capture. (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Capture

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"No state court has adjudged that tumultuary taking by a mob in a port of the United States is lawful capture. The state courts of New York have decided that ..."

2. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1917)
"THE IMMUNITY OF PRIVATE PROPERTY FROM capture AT SEA THE history of the development of the law of maritime capture -= is a record of progress. ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"It is but seldom that the actual process of immediate capture is witnessed. We most frequently see the evidence of conditions which we believe will ..."

4. Southern History of the War by Edward Alfred Pollard (1865)
"Yankee capture of Fort De Kussy.—Occupation of Alexandria. ... Fruits of its capture.—The Yankees in North Carolina, THE current of victory for the ..."

5. Introduction to the Study of International Law: Designed as an Aid in by Theodore Dwight Woolsey (1891)
"capture and Recapture, Occupation and Recovery of Territory. §147. capture of private property has nearly disappeared from land warfare, but is allowed by ..."

6. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"So also the names of the vessels participating In the capture, and the value of the captured ... Whether the capture was a conjoint opera tlon of the army ..."

7. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant by Ulysses Simpson Grant (1886)
"At all events I had not the heart to turn the artillery upon such a mass of defeated and fleeing men, and I hoped to capture them soon. ..."

8. The Works of Tennyson by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson Tennyson (1905)
"There seems no doubt that a more proper course would have been to send a strong fleet, the strongest possible fleet, to the Azores, when the capture, ..."

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