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Definition of Capital

Capital

  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; as, capital trials; capital punishment.
  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; as, Washington and Paris are capital cities.
  5. Of first rate quality; excellent; as, a capital speech or song.
  6. 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 Column.
  7. The seat of government; the chief city or town in a country; a metropolis.
  8. 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.
  9. That portion of the produce of industry, which may be directly employed either to support human beings or to assist in production.
  10. Anything which can be used to increase one's power or influence.
  11. An imaginary line dividing a bastion, ravelin, or other work, into two equal parts.
  12. A chapter, or section, of a book.
  13. See Capital letter, under Capital, a.

Capital Quotations

Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.
Karl Marx

It is not by augmenting the capital of the country, but by rendering a greater part of that capital active and productive than would otherwise be so, that the most judicious operations of banking can increase the industry of the country.
Adam Smith

Crimes against children are the most heinous crime. That, for me, would be a reason for capital punishment because children are innocent and need the guidance of an adult society.
Clint Eastwood

Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.
Henry Ford

There's nothing more important than our good health - that's our principal capital asset.
Arlen Specter
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Capital Translations

capital in Afrikaans is hoofstad
capital in Dutch is kapitaal, vermogen
capital in French is capital, capitale
capital in German is Kapital
capital in Italian is metropoli, capitale
capital in Portuguese is importante, capital
capital in Swedish is huvudstad, kapital, versal
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