- 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 capturer
She feared that her capturer might take a fancy for roast fowl if he should see them.Fairy Tales from the German Forests
The delay did not tend to soothe his capturer; and he administered a slight shake.Verner's Pride
Mrs. Henry Wood
Search a patriot, a capturer of the tyrants' den, a man who has been exterminating aristocrats?The Countess of Charny
Alexandre Dumas (pere)
All wise schools have agreed that this latter capture depends to some extent on the faith of the capturer.All Things Considered
G. K. Chesterton
In the Welsh legends the maid consents to wed her capturer, and remain with him until he strikes her with iron.Welsh Folk-Lore
- 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 capturer
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.