caption
I. noun Etymology: probably short for certificate of caption (taking, seizure) Date: circa 1670 1. the part of a legal document that shows where, when, and by what authority it was taken, found, or executed 2. a. the heading especially of an article or document ; title b. the explanatory comment or designation accompanying a pictorial illustration c. a motion-picture subtitle • captionless adjective II. transitive verb (captioned; captioning) Date: 1848 to furnish with a caption

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  • caption — cap·tion / kap shən/ n [Medieval Latin captio act of taking, from Latin capere to take]: the part of a legal document that states the court, the names of the parties, the docket number, the title of the document, and sometimes the name of the… …   Law dictionary

  • Caption — Cap tion, n. [L. captio, fr. caper to take. In senses 3 and 4, perhaps confounded in meaning with L. caput a head. See {Capacious}.] 1. A caviling; a sophism. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This doctrine is for caption and contradiction. Bacon. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caption — may refer to: *Caption (comics convention), a small press and independent comic convention held annually in Oxford, England *Closed captioning, used to provide the text of a show s audio portion to those who may have trouble hearing it *To see… …   Wikipedia

  • caption — (n.) late 14c., taking, seizure, from O.Fr. capcion arrest, capture, imprisonment, from L. capito (gen. captionis) a catching, seizing, holding, from captus, pp. of capere to take (see CAPABLE (Cf. capable)). Sense evolved from headings of legal… …   Etymology dictionary

  • caption — ► NOUN 1) a title or brief explanation appended to an illustration or cartoon. 2) a piece of text appearing on screen as part of a film or television broadcast. ► VERB ▪ provide with a caption. ORIGIN originally in the sense «capture»: from Latin …   English terms dictionary

  • caption — [kap′shən] n. [ME capcioun < OFr capcion < L captio < pp. of capere, take: see HAVE] 1. Archaic seizure 2. Law a) a part of a legal instrument, such as an indictment, showing where, when, and by what authority it was executed b) a… …   English World dictionary

  • Caption — Caption, 1) verfängliche Art zu fragen; 2) Trugschluß; daher Captiös, vieldeutig, verfänglich: Captiöse Fragen, Fragen, welche so eingerichtet sind, daß der Befragte, indem er darauf antwortet, zugleich mittelbar eine Thatsache bestätigt, die… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • caption — *inscription, legend …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • caption — Fowler called this ‘rare in British use, and might well be rarer’. Despite this disapproval (see lost causes), it is now a common word on both sides of the Atlantic, meaning (1) a title below an illustration and (2) a heading to a newspaper… …   Modern English usage

  • caption — [n] heading; short description explanation, head, inscription, legend, rubric, subtitle, title, underline; concept 283 …   New thesaurus

  • caption — I UK [ˈkæpʃ(ə)n] / US noun [countable] Word forms caption : singular caption plural captions a) words printed near or on a picture that explain something about the picture b) a joke that is printed underneath a humorous drawing or photograph II… …   English dictionary

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