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[n] the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
[n] the removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board
[n] the act of taking of a person by force
[n] any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle
[n] a process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its gravitational field
[v] succeed in catching or seizing, , esp. after a chase; "We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?"
[v] capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; "I caught a rabbit in the trap toady"
[v] succeed in representing or expressing something intangible; "capture the essence of Spring"; "capture an idea"
[v] attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's hearts"
[v] take possession of without permission or take with force, as after a conquest or invasion; "the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"; "The army seized the town"; "The militia captured the castle"
[v] bring about the capture of an elementary particle or celestial body and causing it enter a new orbit; "This nucleus has captured the slow-moving neutrons"; "The star captured a comet"

Misc. Definitions

\Cap"ture\, n. [L. capture, fr. caper to take: cf. F. capture. See {Caitiff}, and cf. {aptive}.]
1. The act of seizing by force, or getting possession of by superior power or by stratagem; as, the capture of an enemy, a vessel, or a criminal. Even with regard to captures made at sea. --Bluckstone.
2. The securing of an object of strife or desire, as by the power of some attraction.
3. The thing taken by force, surprise, or stratagem; a prize; prey. Syn: Seizure; apprehension; arrest; detention.
\Cap"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Captured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Capturing}.] To seize or take possession of by force, surprise, or stratagem; to overcome and hold; to secure by effort. Her heart is like some fortress that has been captured. --W. Ivring.

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