|a.||1.||Of or pertaining to the head.|
|2.||Having reference to, or involving, the forfeiture of the head or life; affecting life; punishable with death; |
|3.||First in importance; chief; principal.|
|4.||Chief, in a political sense, as being the seat of the general government of a state or nation; |
|5.||Of first rate quality; excellent; |
|n.||1.||(Arch.) The head or uppermost member of a column, pilaster, etc. It consists generally of three parts, |
|2.||(Geog.) The seat of government; the chief city or town in a country; a metropolis.|
|3.||Money, property, or stock employed in trade, manufactures, etc.; the sum invested or lent, as distinguished from the income or interest. See |
|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.|
|5.||Anything which can be used to increase one's power or influence.|
|6.||(Fort.) An imaginary line dividing a bastion, ravelin, or other work, into two equal parts.|
|7.||A chapter, or section, of a book.|
|8.||(Print.) See |
|Noun||1.||capital - assets available for use in the production of further assets|
Synonyms: working capital
|2.||capital - wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value|
|3.||capital - a seat of government|
|4.||capital - 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"|
|5.||Capital - a book written by Karl Marx (1867) describing his economic theories|
Synonyms: Das Kapital
|6.||capital - the upper part of a column that supports the entablature|
|Adj.||1.||capital - first-rate; "a capital fellow"; "a capital idea"|
|2.||capital - punishable by death; "a capital offense"|
|3.||capital - of primary important; "our capital concern was to avoid defeat"|
|4.||capital - uppercase; "capital A"; "great A"; "many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script"|
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.