1. The act of seizing by force, or getting possession of by superior power or by stratagem; as, the capture of an enemy, a vessel, or a criminal.
Even with regard to captures made at sea. --Bluckstone.
2. The securing of an object of strife or desire, as by the power of some attraction.
3. The thing taken by force, surprise, or stratagem; a prize; prey.
Syn: -- Seizure; apprehension; arrest; detention.
Cap·ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Captured p. pr. & vb. n. Capturing.]
1. To seize or take possession of by force, surprise, or stratagem; to overcome and hold; to secure by effort.
Her heart is like some fortress that has been captured. --W. Ivring.
n 1: the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property [syn:
gaining control, seizure]
2: a process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its
3: any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an
4: the act of taking of a person by force [syn: seizure]
5: the removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board
v 1: succeed in representing or expressing something intangible;
"capture the essence of Spring"; "capture an idea"
2: attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's
hearts" [syn: enamour, trance, catch, becharm, enamor,
captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch,
3: succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase;
"We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?"
[syn: get, catch]
4: bring about the capture of an elementary particle or
celestial body and causing it enter a new orbit; "This
nucleus has captured the slow-moving neutrons"; "The star
captured a comet"
5: take possession of by force, as after an invasion; "the
invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants";
"The army seized the town"; "The militia captured the
castle" [syn: appropriate, seize, conquer]
6: capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; "I caught a
rabbit in the trap toady" [syn: catch]