- a membranous sac or integument.
- either of two strata of white matter in the cerebrum.
- the sporangium of various spore-producing organisms, as ferns, mosses, algae, and fungi.
verb (used with object), cap·suled, cap·sul·ing.
Origin of capsule
Examples from the Web for capsule
The treasures found within the capsule were mostly records that reflected those immediately involved with its planning.
What waited was a capsule that was just as majestic as the celebration.
In addition to acting and singing, the British model is now set to launch her first capsule collection with DKNY this November.Kate Hudson Defends Butt Implants; Cara Delevingne Is Designing For DKNY|The Fashion Beast Team|June 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And this capsule will be able to dock itself, without needing the ISS to grab ahold and guide it in.SpaceX’s Dragon V2 Will Land Exactly Where It Wants To|Zach Rosenberg|May 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By working together on this capsule collection, we hope to instill a sense of power, confidence and beauty in women everywhere.‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Acknowledges 'GQ' Photoshop; Joseph Altuzarra Tapped as Next Target Collection Fashion Designer|The Fashion Beast Team|May 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The capsule is large, the sides convex outwards and the extremity more or less broadly rounded.Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa|Nelson Annandale
The Greek name means "heron," in allusion to the long beak of the capsule.Field Book of Western Wild Flowers|Margaret Armstrong
Capsule very long and slender, nearly cylindrical, 2-celled, the partition at right angles to the valves.
The large nucleus has the same form, is about half as broad as the capsule and contains numerous nucleoli.
The capsule (fig. 18) is oblong, the ring or annulus remaining for some time.An Elementary Text-book of the Microscope|John William Griffith
British Dictionary definitions for capsule
- a dry fruit that liberates its seeds by splitting, as in the violet, or through pores, as in the poppy
- the spore-producing organ of mosses and liverworts
- a cartilaginous, fibrous, or membranous envelope surrounding any of certain organs or parts
- a broad band of white fibres (internal capsule) near the thalamus in each cerebral hemisphere
Word Origin for capsule
Word Origin and History for capsule
1650s, from French capsule "a membranous sac" (16c.), from Latin capsula "small box or chest," diminutive of capsa "box, case, chest" (see case (n.2)). Medicinal sense is 1875; shortened form cap is from 1942. Sense in space capsule is first recorded 1954. As an adjective from 1938. Related: Capsular.