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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

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
Arthur Conan Doyle

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

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

I've always been fascinated with the stealing of innocence. It's the most heinous crime, and certainly a capital crime if there ever was one.
Clint Eastwood

As long as you have capital punishment there is no guarantee that innocent people won't be put to death.
Paul Simon
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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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