- to take by force or stratagem; take prisoner; seize: The police captured the burglar.
- to gain control of or exert influence over: an ad that captured our attention; a TV show that captured 30% of the prime-time audience.
- to take possession of, as in a game or contest: to capture a pawn in chess.
- to represent or record in lasting form: The movie succeeded in capturing the atmosphere of Berlin in the 1930s.
- to enter (data) into a computer for processing or storage.
- to record (data) in preparation for such entry.
- the act of capturing.
- the thing or person captured.
- Physics. the process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle.
- Crystallography. substitution in a crystal lattice of a trace element for an element of lower valence.
Origin of capture
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Examples from the Web for captures
He captures all the different issues a president deals with and moves from one to the next.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
Then I read aloud from something that captures the Holiday Spirit.Congress’ Gift That Keeps on Giving
P. J. O’Rourke
December 20, 2014
He captures Ramone and his second wife, Barbara, together in the studio in one photo, him on bass, her on guitar.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
No one doubts that these comedians will be killed if ISIS captures them.Middle East Goes Monty Python on ISIS
October 29, 2014
Amanda Reiman, policy manager for the California branch of the Drug Policy Alliance, captures the complex research problem well.Another Hazy Week For Weed
September 1, 2014
I remembers when we captures him it's 239 the last spring round-up but one.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
Another animal was soon provided for me from the captures we had made.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
Any scene that didn't witness a couple of captures and a couple of rescues was no good.Boy Scouts in the Philippines
G. Harvey Ralphson
We are not short of money, thanks to the captures we have made.No Surrender!
G. A. Henty
The diagram (Fig. 76) will explain the way in which the earth makes her captures.The Story of the Heavens
Robert Stawell Ball
- to take prisoner or gain control overto capture an enemy; to capture a town
- (in a game or contest) to win control or possession ofto capture a pawn in chess
- to succeed in representing or describing (something elusive)the artist captured her likeness
- physics (of an atom, molecule, ion, or nucleus) to acquire (an additional particle)
- to insert or transfer (data) into a computer
- the act of taking by force; seizure
- the person or thing captured; booty
- physics a process by which an atom, molecule, ion, or nucleus acquires an additional particle
- Also called: piracy geography the process by which the headwaters of one river are diverted into another through erosion caused by the second river's tributaries
- the act or process of inserting or transferring data into a computer
Word Origin and History for captures
1795, from capture (n.); in chess, checkers, etc., 1820. Related: Captured; capturing. Earlier verb in this sense was captive (early 15c.).
1540s, from Middle French capture "a taking," from Latin captura "a taking" (especially of animals), from captus (see captive).
- The act of catching, taking, or holding a particle or impulse.