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Definitions of capital

  1. the upper part of a column that supports the entablature
  2. ( British) first- rate; " a capital fellow"; " a capital idea"
  3. one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in proper names and sometimes for emphasis; ( printers once kept type for capitals and small letters in separate cases; capitals were kept in the upper half of the type case and so became known as upper- case letters)
  4. a seat of government
  5. wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value
  6. assets available for use in the production of further assets
  7. uppercase; " capital A"; " great A"; " many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script"
  8. of primary important; " our capital concern was to avoid defeat"
  9. punishable by death; " a capital offense"
  10. first- rate; " a capital fellow"; " a capital idea"
  11. Having reference to, or involving, the forfeiture of the head or life; affecting life; punishable with death; as, capital trials; capital punishment.
  12. First in importance; chief; principal.
  13. Chief, in a political sense, as being the seat of the general government of a state or nation; as, Washington and Paris are capital cities.
  14. Of first rate quality; excellent; as, a capital speech or song.
  15. The head or uppermost member of a column, pilaster, etc. It consists generally of three parts, abacus, bell ( or vase), and necking. See these terms, and Column.
  16. The seat of government; the chief city or town in a country; a metropolis.
  17. Money, property, or stock employed in trade, manufactures, etc.; the sum invested or lent, as distinguished from the income or interest. See Capital stock, under Capital, a.
  18. That portion of the produce of industry, which may be directly employed either to support human beings or to assist in production.
  19. Anything which can be used to increase one's power or influence.
  20. An imaginary line dividing a bastion, ravelin, or other work, into two equal parts.
  21. A chapter, or section, of a book.
  22. See Capital letter, under Capital, a.
  23. Money, property, or stock employed in trade, manufactures, etc.; the sum invested or lent, as distinguished from the income or interest. See stock, under Capital, a.
  24. See letter, under Capital, a.
  25. The chief city or town in a kingdom or state; a letter of the larger king such as is used to begin sentences, proper nouns, etc.; the sum invested in any particular business; stock or resources of any kind, moral or physical; that part of wealth which is employed in the production of more money; the top of a column or pillar.
  26. Punishable with death; first in importance; chief; excellent; first rate.
  27. Capitally.
  28. Relating to the head: involving the loss of the head: chief: principal: important.
  29. The head or top part of a column or pillar: the chief or most important thing: the chief city of a country: a large letter: the stock or money for carrying on any business.
  30. To furnish or crown with a capital, as a pillar or column. " The white column capitalled with gilding."- Charlotte Bronte.
  31. Chief; principal; deserving death; of death.
  32. Top of a column; chief thing; chief city; large letter; money invested in business.
  33. Chief; principal; admirable.
  34. Of or pertaining to the death penalty; punishable with death.
  35. A chief city; the seat of government.
  36. A large letter used at the beginning of a sentence, of a proper name, etc. capital letter.
  37. Wealth employed in or available for production; resources; advantages.
  38. The upper member of a column or pillar.
  39. First in importance; chief; principal; punishable by loss of the head or life; excellent; first- rate; belonging to capital.
  40. The head part of a column or pillar; the principal thing; the chief city in a state; a large letter; stock- in- trade; store of power.
  41. Of or pertaining to the head.
  42. Chief; principal; first in importance; punishable by loss of life; great; large of size.
  43. The ornamental part of a column, pillar, or pilaster placed at the top immediately over the shaft, but under the entablature; a chief city or town; a large letter or type; a stock- in- trade, consisting of money or goods.
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Usage examples for capital

  1. No, they'll conquer the capital now!" – Pelle the Conqueror, Vol. 2 by Martin Anderson Nexo
  2. " That's capital," said Dent. – Jack Haydon's Quest by John Finnemore
  3. He was in haste to do so because he intended to return to the capital immediately. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  4. You can't expect to do as well often, but there are always ways of turning over capital." – Herbert Carter's Legacy by Horatio Alger
  5. " That's capital," says he. – Phemie Frost's Experiences by Ann S. Stephens
  6. A capital little car this. – A Maker of History by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  7. A capital one; listen. – What Answer? by Anna E. Dickinson
  8. This reminded me of a capital story told me by an old family doctor many years ago. – Adopting An Abandoned Farm by Kate Sanborn
  9. All the beauty, the whole capital, was here. – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux
  10. Next morning he set off for the capital. – The Great Hunger by Johan Bojer
  11. He will leave the capital early in the morning. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
  12. He had only a few thousand francs capital. – Balzac by Frederick Lawton
  13. We shall stop there a good while I suppose, because it is the capital." – Rollo in Holland by Jacob Abbott
  14. After her death the half of the above capital, viz. – Haydn by J. Cuthbert Hadden
  15. Capital; so far, all is well. – The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles by Jean Henri Fabre
  16. All the required capital was to be furnished. – The Good Time Coming by T. S. Arthur
  17. Is not that the name of her whom I was to call in the ruins of the destroyed capital? – Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Various
  18. Why it's a capital idea, Tilly! – Trading by Susan Warner
  19. Being in such strong force, they determined to strike at the capital. – The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74 by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: January 25, 2009
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