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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. a book written by Karl Marx ( 1867) describing his economic theories
  4. 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)
  5. a seat of government
  6. wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value
  7. assets available for use in the production of further assets
  8. uppercase; " capital A"; " great A"; " many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script"
  9. of primary important; " our capital concern was to avoid defeat"
  10. punishable by death; " a capital offense"
  11. first- rate; " a capital fellow"; " a capital idea"
  12. Having reference to, or involving, the forfeiture of the head or life; affecting life; punishable with death; as, capital trials; capital punishment.
  13. First in importance; chief; principal.
  14. 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.
  15. Of first rate quality; excellent; as, a capital speech or song.
  16. 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.
  17. The seat of government; the chief city or town in a country; a metropolis.
  18. 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.
  19. That portion of the produce of industry, which may be directly employed either to support human beings or to assist in production.
  20. Anything which can be used to increase one's power or influence.
  21. An imaginary line dividing a bastion, ravelin, or other work, into two equal parts.
  22. A chapter, or section, of a book.
  23. See Capital letter, under Capital, a.
  24. 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.
  25. See letter, under Capital, a.
  26. The science of utilization, distribution, and consumption of services and materials.
  27. 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.
  28. Punishable with death; first in importance; chief; excellent; first rate.
  29. Capitally.
  30. 1. Chief, most important. 2. Endangering the health or the life of the individual.
  31. Chief; important.
  32. Relating to the head: involving the loss of the head: chief: principal: important.
  33. 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.
  34. To furnish or crown with a capital, as a pillar or column. " The white column capitalled with gilding."- Charlotte Bronte.
  35. Chief; principal; deserving death; of death.
  36. Top of a column; chief thing; chief city; large letter; money invested in business.
  37. Chief; principal; admirable.
  38. Of or pertaining to the death penalty; punishable with death.
  39. A chief city; the seat of government.
  40. A large letter used at the beginning of a sentence, of a proper name, etc. capital letter.
  41. Wealth employed in or available for production; resources; advantages.
  42. The upper member of a column or pillar.
  43. First in importance; chief; principal; punishable by loss of the head or life; excellent; first- rate; belonging to capital.
  44. 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.
  45. Of or pertaining to the head.
  46. Chief; principal; first in importance; punishable by loss of life; great; large of size.
  47. 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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Quotes of capital

  1. Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society. – Edmund Burke
  2. There are certain books in the world which every searcher for truth must know: the Bible, the Critique of Pure Reason, the Origin of Species, and Karl Marx's Capital – Al Capp
  3. One of the special characteristics of New York is that it is different from a London or a Paris because it's the financial capital and the cultural capital but not the political capital – Ron Chernow
  4. So if I keep making mistakes on Broadway or tape or film, producing, directing or acting, I can go along and do it- so long as I'm not investing too much capital in these things. – Jackie Cooper
  5. I had accumulated some capital and was at an age at which I was interested in generating income. But even though I was risk averse, I was interested in growth stocks. – James MacArthur
  6. Capital is that part of wealth which is devoted to obtaining further wealth. – Alfred Marshall
  7. Capital is money, capital is commodities. By virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs. – Karl Marx
  8. Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society. – Karl Marx
  9. If we were left to ourselves, unfettered by legislative enactments, we should gradually withdraw our capital from the cultivation of such lands, and import the produce which is at present raised upon them. – David Ricardo
  10. To make the child in your own image is a capital crime, for your image is not worth repeating. The child knows this and you know it. Consequently you hate each other. – Karl Shapiro
  11. From my earliest acquaintance with the science of political economy, it has been evident to my mind that capital was the product of labor, and that therefore, in its best analysis there could be no natural conflict between capital and labor. – Leland Stanford
  12. The main consideration with those who, possessing some capital propose to emigrate as the means of improving their condition, is, the society likely to be found in the land fixed on for their future residence. – Charles Sturt
  13. There is every indication that we are to see new developments of the power of aggregated capital to serve civilization, and that the new developments will be made right here in America. – William Graham Sumner
  14. But this is not to say that the society which inflicts capital punishment commits murder. – Benjamin Tucker
  15. Foreign capital to build new cinemas will help modernize China's aging cinema infrastructure, attract Chinese consumers back into cinemas, and increase demand for U. S. films. – Jack Valenti

Usage examples for capital

  1. All the required capital was to be furnished. – The Good Time Coming by T. S. Arthur
  2. " That's capital says he. – Phemie Frost's Experiences by Ann S. Stephens
  3. We shall stop there a good while I suppose, because it is the capital – Rollo in Holland by Jacob Abbott
  4. This reminded me of a capital story told me by an old family doctor many years ago. – Adopting An Abandoned Farm by Kate Sanborn
  5. No, they'll conquer the capital now!" – Pelle the Conqueror, Vol. 2 by Martin Anderson Nexo
  6. All the beauty, the whole capital was here. – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux
  7. 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
  8. It was that the man with little capital ought to be driven out of farming, and the sooner he went to the wall the better. – Hodge and His Masters by Richard Jefferies
  9. Next morning he set off for the capital – The Great Hunger by Johan Bojer
  10. 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
  11. A capital little car this. – A Maker of History by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  12. Why it's a capital idea, Tilly! – Trading by Susan Warner
  13. 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
  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. He had only a few thousand francs capital – Balzac by Frederick Lawton
  17. He will leave the capital early in the morning. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
  18. 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
  19. A capital one; listen. – What Answer? by Anna E. Dickinson
  20. " That's capital said Dent. – Jack Haydon's Quest by John Finnemore

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