Definitions for capsuleˈkæp səl, -sul, -syul

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cap•suleˈkæp səl, -sul, -syul(n.; v.; adj.)-suled, -sul•ing

  1. (n.)a gelatinous case enclosing a dose of medicine.

    Category: Pharmacology

  2. a membranous sac or integument of the body. either of two strata of white matter in the cerebrum. the sporangium of various spore-producing organisms, as ferns, mosses, algae, and fungi.

    Category: Biology

  3. a dry dehiscent fruit, composed of two or more carpels.

    Category: Botany

  4. a small case, envelope, or covering.

  5. Category: Aeronautics, Aerospace

    Ref: Also called space capsule.

  6. a similar cabin in a military aircraft, which can be ejected in an emergency.

    Category: Aeronautics

  7. a concise report; brief outline.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. (v.t.)to furnish with or enclose in or as if in a capsule; encapsulate.

  9. to capsulize.

  10. (adj.)small and compact.

  11. short and concise; briefly summarized:

    a capsule report.

Origin of capsule:

1645–55; (< F) < L capsula=caps(a) box (see case2) +-ula -ule

Princeton's WordNet

  1. capsule(noun)

    a small container

  2. capsule(noun)

    a pill in the form of a small rounded gelatinous container with medicine inside

  3. capsule(noun)

    a dry dehiscent seed vessel or the spore-containing structure of e.g. mosses

  4. condensation, abridgement, abridgment, capsule(noun)

    a shortened version of a written work

  5. capsule(noun)

    a structure that encloses a body part

  6. space capsule, capsule(noun)

    a spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer space

  7. ejection seat, ejector seat, capsule(verb)

    a pilot's seat in an airplane that can be forcibly ejected in the case of an emergency; then the pilot descends by parachute

  8. capsule, capsulate, capsulize, capsulise(verb)

    enclose in a capsule

  9. encapsulate, capsule, capsulize, capsulise(verb)

    put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume

    "capsulize the news"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. capsule(noun)ˈkæp səl, -sul, -syul

    a small container with medicine inside, to be swallowed


  1. capsule(Noun)

    A membranous envelope.

  2. capsule(Noun)

    A type of simple, dehiscent, dry fruit (seed-case) produced by many species of flowering plants, such as poppy, lily, orchid, willow and cotton.

  3. capsule(Noun)

    A sporangium, especially in bryophytes.

  4. capsule(Noun)

    A detachable part of rocket or spacecraft (usually in the nose) containing crew's living space.

  5. capsule(Noun)

    A small container containing a dose of medicine.

  6. capsule(Noun)

    A weasel, in Suffolk slang.

  7. capsule(Noun)

    in a brief, condensed or compact form

  8. Origin: From capsule.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Capsule(noun)

    a dry fruit or pod which is made up of several parts or carpels, and opens to discharge the seeds, as, the capsule of the poppy, the flax, the lily, etc

  2. Capsule(noun)

    a small saucer of clay for roasting or melting samples of ores, etc.; a scorifier

  3. Capsule(noun)

    a small, shallow, evaporating dish, usually of porcelain

  4. Capsule(noun)

    a small cylindrical or spherical gelatinous envelope in which nauseous or acrid doses are inclosed to be swallowed

  5. Capsule(noun)

    a membranous sac containing fluid, or investing an organ or joint; as, the capsule of the lens of the eye. Also, a capsulelike organ

  6. Capsule(noun)

    a metallic seal or cover for closing a bottle

  7. Capsule(noun)

    a small cup or shell, as of metal, for a percussion cap, cartridge, etc


  1. Capsule

    In botany a capsule is a type of simple, dry fruit produced by many species of flowering plants. A capsule is a structure composed of two or more carpels that in most cases is dehiscent, i.e. at maturity, it splits apart to release the seeds within. A few capsules are indehiscent, for example those of Adansonia digitata, Alphitonia, and Merciera. In some capsules, the split occurs between carpels, and in others each carpel splits open. Where a capsule splits into distinguishable parts, these are called valves; the borders of the valves may or may not coincide with the borders of carpels. In yet other forms of capsule, such as those of poppies, seeds are released through openings or pores that form in the capsule. If it is the upper part of the capsule that dehisces, the capsule is also called a pyxis. For example, in the Brazil nut, a lid on the capsule opens, but is too small to release the dozen or so seeds within. These germinate inside the capsule after it falls to the ground. Capsules are sometimes mislabeled as nuts, as in the example of the Brazil nut or the Horse-chestnut. A capsule is not a nut because it releases its seeds and it splits apart. Nuts on the other hand do not release seeds as they are a compound ovary containing both a single seed and the fruit. Nuts also do not split.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. capsule

    1. A sealed, pressurized cabin for extremely high altitude or space flight which provides an acceptable environment for man, animal, or equipment. 2. An ejectable sealed cabin having automatic devices for safe return of the occupants to the surface.

Anagrams of capsule

  1. scale up

  2. specula

  3. upscale

Translations for capsule

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a small gelatine case containing a dose of medicine etc.

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