- The definition of capture means the act of taking control of or something that has been caught.
An example of a capture is the game which were killed during a hunting trip.
- Capture means to take hold of or control of, often by force.
An example of to capture is to take a prisoner of war.
- a taking or being taken by force, surprise, or skill, as enemy troops, an opponent's piece in chess, etc.
- that which is thus taken or seized; specif., a prize or booty in war
- the absorption of a particle by an atomic nucleus; esp., the absorption of a neutron or an orbital electron that often results in the immediate emission of radiation
Origin of captureFrench from Classical Latin captura from captus: see captive
transitive verb-·tured, -·tur·ing
- to take or seize by force, surprise, or skill
- to represent (something transient, immaterial, etc.) in more or less permanent form: to capture her charm on canvas
- to effect the capture of (a subatomic particle)
- to record in the form of stored data: to capture a secretarial staff's keystrokes; the security camera captured images of the robbery
transitive verbcap·tured, cap·tur·ing, cap·tures
- a. To take captive, as by force or craft; seize.b. To gain possession or control of, as in a game or contest: capture the queen in chess; captured the liberal vote.
- a. To attract and hold: tales of adventure that capture the imagination.b. Astronomy To attract and pull (a celestial body) into orbit by gravitation.
- To succeed in preserving in lasting form: capture a likeness in a painting.
- The act of catching, taking, or winning, as by force or skill.
- One that has been seized, caught, or won; a catch or prize.
- Astronomy The process by which a massive body, such as a star or planet, draws and holds another body in gravitational orbit.
- Physics The phenomenon in which an atom or a nucleus absorbs a subatomic particle, often with the subsequent emission of radiation.
Origin of captureFrom French capture from Old French from Latin captūra a catching of animals from captus past participle of capere to seize ; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present captures, present participle capturing, simple past and past participle captured)
- To take control of; to seize by force or stratagem.
- to capture an enemy, a vessel, or a criminal
- To store (as in sounds or image) for later revisitation.
- She captured the sounds of a subway station on tape.
- She captured the details of the fresco in a series of photographs.
- To reproduce convincingly.
- His film adaptation captured the spirit of the original work.
- In her latest masterpiece, she captured the essence of Venice.
- To remove or take control of an opponent’s piece in a game (e.g., chess, go, checkers).
- My pawn was captured.
- He captured his opponent’s queen on the 15th move.
From Middle French capture (noun).