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capital1
noun
1 the chief city of a country, usually where the government is based.
2 a capital letter (see adjective 2 below).
3 the total amount of money or wealth possessed by a person or business, etc, especially when used to produce more wealth.
adjective
1 principal; chief.
2 said of a letter of the alphabet: in its large form, as used eg at the beginnings of names and sentences. Also called upper-case.
3 said of a crime: punishable by death.
4 Brit old use, colloq excellent.
[13c meaning -relating to the head-: French, from Latin capitalis , from caput head]
make capital out of something to use a situation or circumstance to one's advantage.
with a capital A, B, etc in a pronounced or extreme sense poverty with a capital P .

capital letter A capital letter has several uses: || It is used for the first letter of the first word in a sentence. || It is used for the first letter of proper nouns, such as names of people and places, and words derived from them: Anne Bernard Smith the Australian cricket team the Irish Republic Shakespearian tragedy || It is used for the first letter of all important words in titles, eg of people, plays, films and organizations: the Prince of Wales Admiral of the Fleet Lord Brown Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Raiders of the Lost Ark the Department of Social Services Note that when an unimportant word is the first word in the title of a book, play or film, it must have a capital: The Mill on the Floss A Man for All Seasons In the Heat of the Night || It is used for the first letter of brand names: a Milky Way a red Jaguar a new Hoover



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capital2
noun , archit the slab of stone, etc, usually ornamentally carved, that forms the top section of a column or pillar.
[13c: from Latin capitellum , diminutive of caput head]


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