- 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.
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Historical Examples of capturers
The grin was still wide on his lips when his capturers brought him back to face Lucretia.Castle of Terror
Now, in Morocco a convert is a most rare and curious animal, and he is usually not a great credit to his capturers.Mogreb-el-Acksa
R. B. Cunninghame Graham
Succeeding heroes have in after days been announced as the capturers of this famous white hart.The English Mail-Coach and Joan of Arc
Thomas de Quincey
Succeeding heroes have, in after days, been announced as the capturers of this famous white hart.Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore
The child who is pulled over the handkerchief becomes the “captured nut,” and joins the side of her capturers.The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Vol I of II)
Alice Bertha Gomme
- 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 for capture
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.