|n.||1.||A caviling; a sophism.|
|2.||The act of taking or arresting a person by judicial process.|
|3.||(Law) That part of a legal instrument, as a commission, indictment, etc., which shows where, when, and by what authority, it was taken, found, or executed.|
|4.||The heading of a chapter, section, or page.|
|Noun||1.||caption - taking exception; especially an quibble based on a captious argument; "a mere caption unworthy of a reply"|
|2.||caption - translation of foreign dialogue of a movie or TV program; usually displayed at the bottom of the screen|
|3.||caption - brief description accompanying an illustration|
|Verb||1.||caption - provide with a caption, as of a photograph or a drawing|
CAPTION, practice. That part of a legal instrument, as a 'Commission,
indictment, &c., which shows where, when, and by what authority it was
taken, found or executed. As to the forms and requisites of captions, see 1
Murph. 281; 8 Yerg. 514; 4 Iredell, 113; 6 Miss,. 469; 1 Scam. 456; 5 How.
Mis. 20; 6 Blackf. 299; 1 Hawks, 354; 1 Brev. 169.
2. In the English practice, when an inferior court in obedience to the writ of certiorari, returns an indictment into the K. B., it is annexed to the caption, then called a schedule, and the caption concludes with stating, that "it is presented in manner and form as appears in a certain indictment thereto annexed," and the caption and indictment are returned on separate parchments. 1 Saund. 309, n. 2. Vide Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.
3. Caption is another name for arrest. CAPTIVE. By this term is understood one who has been taken; it is usually applied to prisoners of war. (q.v.) Although he has lost his liberty, a captive does not by his captivity lose his civil rights.