: an act or instance of capturing: such as
: an act of catching, winning, or gaining control by force, stratagem, or guile
the capture of the city by enemy forces
: a move in a board game (such as chess or checkers) that gains an opponent's piece
: the absorption by an atom, nucleus, or particle of a subatomic particle that often results in subsequent emission of radiation or in fission
: the act of recording in a permanent file
: one that has been taken (such as a prize ship)
captured; capturing ˈkap-chə-riŋ
: to take captive
also : to gain control of especially by force
capture a city
: to gain or win especially through effort
captured 60 percent of the vote
: to emphasize, represent, or preserve (something, such as a scene, mood, or quality) in a more or less permanent form
… at any such moment as a photograph might capture …—C. E. Montague
: to record in a permanent file (as in a computer)
The system is used to capture data relating to the buying habits of young people.
: to take according to the rules of a game
A knight captured his pawn.
: to bring about the capture of (a subatomic particle)
astronomy : to draw into the gravitational influence of a larger body
Asteroids were thought to be too small to capture a moon, but the moon might be a fragment that broke off.—Kenneth Chang
Noun the capture of the city by enemy forces a Spanish treasure ship was the most valuable capture ever taken by that privateer Verb They were captured by enemy soldiers. using traps to capture mice The city was captured by the Romans. She captured 60 percent of the vote in the last election. The company plans on capturing a larger segment of the market. The show has captured the attention of teenagers. See More
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NounLarger gas units would have to employ carbon capture technology to trap 90% of their emissions by 2035 or burn more hydrogen instead. —Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Anchorage Daily News, 13 May 2023 And the second issue today is the capture of the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia. —Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 13 May 2023 The administration says tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act will help reduce the cost of carbon capture technology, which up to this point has been seen as too expensive for wide-scale deployment. —Stephanie Ebbs, ABC News, 11 May 2023 For example, coal plants that are already scheduled to retire before 2032 may not have to install new pollution controls like carbon capture technology. —Coral Davenport, BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2023 According to the International Energy Agency, there are currently 18 direct-air capture plants operating worldwide. —Cara Korte, CBS News, 11 May 2023 Neri recently caught a female long-eared owl, marking that marked his 10,000th capture at Whitefish Point. —Ryan Garza, Freep.com, 8 May 2023 However, all satellites gather and send information to Earth via signals over open airwaves which means that all those communications are available for capture. —Skip Sanzeri, Forbes, 5 May 2023 In a recent study, researchers also found a way to make carbon capture more efficient by using a hybrid of existing methods. —Harold Maass, The Week, 28 Apr. 2023
VerbTarasenko writes that many T-62Ms were left behind during a personnel rotation and ultimately abandoned when Russia withdrew from the west bank of the Dnieper River in November 2022, leaving them to be captured by Ukrainian forces. —Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 17 May 2023 As the dancers ventured from the stage and into a dark corner of the wing, their every step was captured on camera. —Steven Vargas, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2023 Heat records alone don't capture how people are affected. —Lois Parshley, Scientific American, 16 May 2023 On election day, more young people voted then had in 20 years and President Clinton captured most of those votes. —Dave Sirulnick, Variety, 16 May 2023 German photographer Alexis Tinker-Tsavalas captured the moment in a meadow last summer. —Carolyn Hagler, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2023 That process takes energy, and capturing carbon dioxide does increase the building’s electricity use, but overall the system is still reducing the building’s emissions. —Cathy Bussewitz, Fortune, 15 May 2023 The data captures the health information only of veterans who saw a doctor through the VA or Medicare. —Jen Christensen, CNN, 15 May 2023 The class, led by artist Sue Britt, teaches skills to capture the beauty of nature. —Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2023 See More
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