Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
  2. (noun, act) the removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board
  3. (noun, act) the act of taking of a person by force
  4. (noun, process) any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle
  5. (noun, process) a process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its gravitational field
  6. (verb, contact) succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
    Did you catch the thief?
  7. (verb, contact) capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
  8. (verb, creation) succeed in representing or expressing something intangible
    capture an idea
  9. (verb, emotion) attract; cause to be enamored
  10. (verb, possession) take possession of by force, as after an invasion
    The army seized the town
    The militia captured the castle
  11. (verb, possession) bring about the capture of an elementary particle or celestial body and causing it enter a new orbit
    The star captured a comet

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Capture

  1. 1541, from M.Fr. capture "a taking," from L. captura "a taking," from captus (see captive). The verb is 1795; in chess, checkers, etc., 1820. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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