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Meaning of CAPITAL

Pronunciation:  'kapitl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the upper part of a column that supports the entablature
  2. [n]  a book written by Karl Marx (1867) describing his economic theories
  3. [n]  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. [n]  a seat of government
  5. [n]  wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value
  6. [n]  assets available for use in the production of further assets
  7. [adj]  uppercase; "capital A"; "great A"; "many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script"
  8. [adj]  of primary important; "our capital concern was to avoid defeat"
  9. [adj]  punishable by death; "a capital offense"
  10. [adj]  (British) first-rate; "a capital fellow"; "a capital idea"

CAPITAL is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: cap, chapiter, Das Kapital, great, majuscule, primary, serious, superior, upper case, uppercase, upper-case letter, working capital
 Antonyms: lower case, lower-case letter, small letter
 See Also: Akmola, Ashkhabad, assets, Astana, Baku, Belfast, Bishkek, Biskek, book, Bratislava, Bridgetown, Camelot, capital of Armenia, capital of Azerbaijan, capital of Barbados, capital of Byelorussia, capital of Estonia, capital of Georgia, capital of Kazakhstan, capital of Kyrgystan, capital of Latvia, capital of Lithuania, capital of Moldova, capital of Northern Ireland, capital of Slovakia, capital of Tajikistan, capital of the Ukraine, capital of Turkmenistan, capital of Uzbek, Cardiff, character, Chisinau, column, corpus, Dusanbe, Dushanbe, Dyushambe, Edinburgh, endowment, endowment fund, Erivan, Frunze, George Town, grapheme, graphic symbol, Jerevan, Kiev, Kishinev, liquid assets, means, Minsk, national capital, operating capital, pillar, Pozsony, Pressburg, principal, principal sum, provincial capital, Riga, risk capital, seat, small cap, small capital, Stalinabad, state capital, stock, substance, Sucre, Tallinn, Tashkent, Taskent, Tbilisi, Tiflis, top, venture capital, Vilna, Vilnius, Vilno, Wilno, Yerevan



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.]
             Needs must the Serpent now his capital bruise Expect
             with mortal pain.                     --Milton.
    2. Having reference to, or involving, the forfeiture of the
       head or life; affecting life; punishable with death; as,
       capital trials; capital punishment.
             Many crimes that are capital among us. --Swift.
             To put to death a capital offender.   --Milton.
    3. First in importance; chief; principal.
             A capital article in religion         --Atterbury.
             Whatever is capital and essential in Christianity.
                                                   --I. Taylor.
    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.
    5. Of first rate quality; excellent; as, a capital speech or
       song. [Colloq.]
    {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.
  2. \Cap"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
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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) amd
          circulating capital (i.e., food, fuel, money, etc.,
          spent in the course of production and exchange). --T.
    5. Anything which can be used to increase one's power or
             He tried to make capital out of his rival's
             discomfiture.                         --London
    6. (Fort.) An imaginary line dividing a bastion, ravelin, or
       other work, into two equal parts.
    7. A chapter, or section, of a book. [Obs.]
             Holy St. Bernard hath said in the 59th capital.
                                                   --Sir W.
    8. (Print.) See {Capital letter}, under {Capital}, a.
    {Active capital}. See under {Active},
    {Small capital} (Print.), a small capital letter. See under
       {Capital}, a.
    {To live on one's capital}, to consume one's capital without
       producing or accumulating anything to replace it.
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