|1.||The act of seizing by force, or getting possession of by superior power or by stratagem; as, the capture of an enemy, a vessel, or a criminal.|
|2.||The securing of an object of strife or desire, as by the power of some attraction.|
|3.||The thing taken by force, surprise, or stratagem; a prize; prey.|
|v. t.||1.||To seize or take possession of by force, surprise, or stratagem; to overcome and hold; to secure by effort.|
|2.||to record or make a lasting representation of (sound or images); as, to capture an event on videotape; the artist captured the expression of grief on his face.|
|3.||(Games) to take control of, or remove from play; as, to capture a piece in chess.|
|4.||to exert a strong psychological influence on; as, to capture the heart of a maiden; to capture the attention of the nation.|
|5.||(Computers) to record (data) in a computer-readable form; as, to capture a transaction in a database.|
|Noun||1.||capture - the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property|
|2.||capture - a process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its gravitational field|
|3.||capture - any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle|
|4.||capture - the act of taking of a person by force|
|5.||capture - the removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board|
|Verb||1.||capture - succeed in representing or expressing something intangible; "capture the essence of Spring"; "capture an idea"|
|2.||capture - attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's hearts"|
|3.||capture - succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; "We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?"|
|4.||capture - bring about the capture of an elementary particle or celestial body and causing it enter a new orbit; "This nucleus has captured the slow-moving neutrons"; "The star captured a comet"|
|5.||capture - take possession of by force, as after an invasion; "the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"; "The army seized the town"; "The militia captured the castle"|
|6.||capture - capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; "I caught a rabbit in the trap toady"|
CAPTURE, war. The taking of property by one belligerent from another.
2. To make a good capture of a ship, it must be subdued and taken by an enemy in open war, or by way of reprisals, or by a pirate, and with intent to deprive the owner of it.
3. Capture may be with intent to possess both ship and cargo, or only to seize the goods of the enemy, or contraband goods which are on board: The former is the capture of the ship in the proper sense of the word; the latter is only an arrest and detention, without any design to deprive the owner of it. Capture is deemed lawful, when made by a declared enemy, lawfully commissioned and according to the laws of war; and unlawful, when it is against the rules established by the law of nations. Marsh. Ins. B. 1, c. 12, s. 4.See, generally, Lee on Captures, passim; 1 Chitty's Com. Law, 377 to 512; 2 Woddes. 435 to 457; 2 Caines' C. Err 158; 7 Johns. R. 449; 3 Caines' R. 155; 11 Johns. R. 241; 13 Johns. R.161; 14 Johns. R. 227; 3 Wheat. 183; 4 Cranch, 436 Mass. 197; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.