from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small soluble container, usually made of gelatin, that encloses a dose of an oral medicine or a vitamin.
- n. Anatomy A fibrous, membranous, or fatty sheath that encloses an organ or part, such as the sac surrounding the kidney or the fibrous tissues that surround a joint.
- n. Microbiology A mucopolysaccharide outer shell enveloping certain bacteria.
- n. Botany A dry dehiscent fruit that develops from two or more united carpels.
- n. Botany The thin-walled, spore-containing structure of mosses and related plants.
- n. A space capsule.
- n. A brief summary; a condensation.
- adj. Highly condensed; very brief: a capsule description.
- adj. Very small; compact.
- transitive v. To enclose in or furnish with a capsule.
- transitive v. To condense or summarize: capsuled the news.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A membranous envelope.
- n. A type of simple, dehiscent, dry fruit (seed-case) produced by many species of flowering plants, such as poppy, lily, orchid, willow and cotton.
- n. A sporangium, especially in bryophytes.
- n. A detachable part of rocket or spacecraft (usually in the nose) containing crew's living space.
- n. A small container containing a dose of medicine.
- n. A weasel.
- n. in a brief, condensed or compact form
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a dry fruit or pod which is made up of several parts or carpels, and opens to discharge the seeds
- n. A small saucer of clay for roasting or melting samples of ores, etc.; a scorifier.
- n. a small, shallow, evaporating dish, usually of porcelain.
- n. A small cylindrical or spherical gelatinous envelope in which nauseous or acrid doses are inclosed to be swallowed.
- n. A membranous sac containing fluid, or investing an organ or joint. Also, a capsulelike organ.
- n. A metallic seal or cover for closing a bottle.
- n. A small cup or shell, as of metal, for a percussion cap, cartridge, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small casing, envelop, covering, etc., natural or artificial, usually thin or membranous; a cover or container of some small object or quantity of matter. Specifically.
- n. In botany, a dehiscent pod or seed-vessel, either membranous or woody, composed of two or more carpels, which at maturity becomes dry and opens by regular valves corresponding in number to the carpels, or twice as numerous.
- n. In chem.: A small saucer made of clay for roasting samples of ores, or for melting them.
- n. A small shallow vessel made of Berlin ware, platinum, etc., for evaporations, solutions, and the like.
- n. In anatomy and zoology, a membrane or ligament inclosing some part or organ as in a bag or sac; a saccular envelop or investment: as, the capsule of the crystalline lens of the eye; the capsule of a joint, as the hip.
- n. In anatomy, some part or organ likened to a capsule: as, the adrenal capsules.
- n. In Protozoa, the included perforated test of a radiolarian.
- n. In entomology, a horny case inclosing the eggs of an insect, as those of the cockroach. Also called oötheca.
- n. A cap of thin metal, such as tin-foil, put over the mouth of a corked bottle to preserve the cork from drying.
- n. A small gelatinous case or envelop in which nauseous medicines are inclosed to be swallowed.
- n. The shell of a metallic cartridge or of a fulminating tube.
- To furnish (a bottle, medicinal powder, etc.) with a capsule.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a shortened version of a written work
- n. a spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer space
- n. a structure that encloses a body part
- v. enclose in a capsule
- v. put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume
- n. a pill in the form of a small rounded gelatinous container with medicine inside
- n. a dry dehiscent seed vessel or the spore-containing structure of e.g. mosses
- n. a pilot's seat in an airplane that can be forcibly ejected in the case of an emergency; then the pilot descends by parachute
- n. a small container
French, from Latin capsula, diminutive of capsa, box.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French capsule. (Wiktionary)