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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.]
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              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.
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              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.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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.]
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              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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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