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NOUN (8)

1. assets available for use in the production of further assets;
[syn: capital, working capital]

2. wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value;

3. a seat of government;

4. one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis;
- Example: "printers once kept the type for capitals and for small letters in separate cases capitals were kept in the upper half of the type case and so became known as upper-case letters";
[syn: capital, capital letter, uppercase, upper-case letter, majuscule]

5. a center that is associated more than any other with some activity or product;
- Example: "the crime capital of Italy"
- Example: "the drug capital of Columbia"

6. the federal government of the United States;
[syn: Capital, Washington]

7. a book written by Karl Marx (1867) describing his economic theories;
[syn: Das Kapital, Capital]

8. the upper part of a column that supports the entablature;
[syn: capital, chapiter, cap]


ADJECTIVE (3)

1. first-rate;
- Example: "a capital fellow"
- Example: "a capital idea"

2. of primary importance;
- Example: "our capital concern was to avoid defeat"

3. uppercase;
- Example: "capital A"
- Example: "great A"
- Example: "many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script"
[syn: capital, great, majuscule]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Capital \Cap"i*tal\, a. [F. capital, L. capitalis capital (in senses 1 & 2), fr. caput head. See Chief, and cf. Capital, n.] 1. Of or pertaining to the head. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Needs must the Serpent now his capital bruise Expect with mortal pain. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Having reference to, or involving, the forfeiture of the head or life; affecting life; punishable with death; as, capital trials; capital punishment. [1913 Webster] Many crimes that are capital among us. --Swift. [1913 Webster] To put to death a capital offender. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. First in importance; chief; principal. [1913 Webster] A capital article in religion --Atterbury. [1913 Webster] Whatever is capital and essential in Christianity. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 4. 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. [1913 Webster] 5. Of first rate quality; excellent; as, a capital speech or song. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Capital letter [F, lettre capitale] (Print.), a leading or heading letter, used at the beginning of a sentence and as the first letter of certain words, distinguished, for the most part, both by different form and larger size, from the small (lower-case) letters, which form the greater part of common print or writing. Small capital letters have the form of capital letters and height of the body of the lower-case letters. Capital stock, money, property, or stock invested in any business, or the enterprise of any corporation or institution. --Abbott. Syn: Chief; leading; controlling; prominent. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

capital \cap"i*tal\ (k[a^]p"[i^]*tal), n. [Cf. L. capitellum and capitulum, a small head, the head, top, or capital of a column, dim. of caput head; F. chapiteau, OF. capitel. See chief, and cf. cattle, chattel, chapiter, chapter.] 1. (Arch.) 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. [1913 Webster] 2. [Cf. F. capilate, fem., sc. ville.] (Geog.) The seat of government; the chief city or town in a country; a metropolis. "A busy and splendid capital" --Macauly. [1913 Webster] 3. [Cf. F. capital.] 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. [1913 Webster] 4. (Polit. Econ.) That portion of the produce of industry, which may be directly employed either to support human beings or to assist in production. --M'Culloch. [1913 Webster] Note: When wealth is used to assist production it is called capital. The capital of a civilized community includes fixed capital (i.e. buildings, machines, and roads used in the course of production and exchange) and circulating capital (i.e., food, fuel, money, etc., spent in the course of production and exchange). --T. Raleigh. [1913 Webster] 5. Anything which can be used to increase one's power or influence. [1913 Webster] He tried to make capital out of his rival's discomfiture. --London Times. [1913 Webster] 6. (Fort.) An imaginary line dividing a bastion, ravelin, or other work, into two equal parts. [1913 Webster] 7. A chapter, or section, of a book. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Holy St. Bernard hath said in the 59th capital. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 8. (Print.) See Capital letter, under Capital, a. [1913 Webster] Active capital. See under Active, Small capital (Print.), a small capital letter; informally referred to (in the plural) as small caps; as, the technical terms are listed in small caps. See under Capital, a. To live on one's capital, to consume one's capital without producing or accumulating anything to replace it. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

capital adj 1: first-rate; "a capital fellow"; "a capital idea" 2: of primary importance; "our capital concern was to avoid defeat" 3: uppercase; "capital A"; "great A"; "many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script" [syn: capital, great, majuscule] n 1: assets available for use in the production of further assets [syn: capital, working capital] 2: wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value 3: a seat of government 4: one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis; "printers once kept the type for capitals and for small letters in separate cases; capitals were kept in the upper half of the type case and so became known as upper-case letters" [syn: capital, capital letter, uppercase, upper-case letter, majuscule] [ant: lower-case letter, lowercase, minuscule, small letter] 5: a center that is associated more than any other with some activity or product; "the crime capital of Italy"; "the drug capital of Columbia" 6: the federal government of the United States [syn: Capital, Washington] 7: a book written by Karl Marx (1867) describing his economic theories [syn: Das Kapital, Capital] 8: the upper part of a column that supports the entablature [syn: capital, chapiter, cap]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

268 Moby Thesaurus words for "capital": Grade A, abecedarian, ability, acmatic, advantageous, all-absorbing, allographic, alphabetic, apical, arch, art center, ascender, assets, auspicious, available means, back, balance, banner, basic, bastard type, beard, belly, beneficial, benevolent, bevel, black letter, body, bon, bonny, bracket capital, braw, bueno, cap, capacity, capital city, capital gains distribution, capital goods, capital structure, capitalization, cardinal, case, cash, central, champion, chief, choice, circulating capital, cock, cogent, commendable, consummate, controlling, cornice, corpus, counter, county seat, county site, county town, crown, crowning, dandy, descender, devices, disposable resources, dominant, elegant, em, en, equity capital, essential, estimable, excellent, expedient, extraordinary, face, fair, famous, fat-faced type, favorable, feet, finances, financial, fine, first, first-class, first-rate, first-string, fiscal, fixed capital, flagrant, floating capital, focal, font, foremost, fund, fundamental, funds, garment center, glaring, good, goodly, grand, graphemic, great, grist, groove, gross, head, headmost, healthy, hegemonic, helpful, highest, holdings, ideographic, important, initial, italic, kind, laudable, leading, letter, lettered, lexigraphic, ligature, liquid assets, literal, logogrammatic, logographic, logotype, lower case, lower-case, magisterial, main, major, majuscule, manufacturing center, master, matchless, maximal, maximum, mean, means, medical center, meridian, meridional, method, metropolis, minuscular, minuscule, monetary, money, moneyed capital, nice, nick, noble, number one, numismatic, nummary, outstanding, overmost, overriding, overruling, paramount, pecuniary, peerless, pi, pica, pictographic, pleasant, point, power, predominant, preeminent, premier, preponderant, prevailing, primal, primary, prime, principal, print, profitable, property, railroad center, rank, ranking, recourses, regal, resorts, resource, resources, ripping, roman, royal, ruling, sans serif, savings, script, seat, seat of government, select, shank, shipping center, shire town, shopping center, shoulder, skillful, small cap, small capital, smashing, sound, sovereign, splendid, stamp, star, stellar, stem, sterling, stock, summital, sumptuary, super, superb, supereminent, superior, supply, supreme, tip-top, top, top-hole, top-notch, topflight, topmost, topping, tourist center, trade center, transliterated, type, type body, type class, type lice, typecase, typeface, typefounders, typefoundry, ultimate, uncial, underlying, upmost, upper case, upper-case, uppermost, urban center, useful, valid, venture capital, vertical, very good, virtuous, vital, ways, ways and means, wealth, wherewith, wherewithal, working capital, zenithal
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

CAPITAL, political economy, commerce. In political economy, it is that portion of the produce of a country, which may be made directly available either to support the human species or to the facilitating of production. 2. In commerce, as applied to individuals, it is those objects, whether consisting of money or other property, which a merchant, trader, or other person adventures in an undertaking, or which he contributes to the common stock of a partnership. 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1458. 3. It signifies money put out at interest. 4. The fund of a trading company or corporation is also called capital, but in this sense the word stock is generally added to it; thus we say the capital stock of the Bank of North America.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

CAPITAL, n. The seat of misgovernment. That which provides the fire, the pot, the dinner, the table and the knife and fork for the anarchist; the part of the repast that himself supplies is the disgrace before meat. _Capital Punishment_, a penalty regarding the justice and expediency of which many worthy persons -- including all the assassins -- entertain grave misgivings.