What does capsule mean?

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ˈkæp səl, -sul, -syulcap·sule

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. capsulenoun

    a small container

  2. capsulenoun

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

  3. capsulenoun

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

  4. condensation, abridgement, abridgment, capsulenoun

    a shortened version of a written work

  5. capsulenoun

    a structure that encloses a body part

  6. space capsule, capsulenoun

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

  7. ejection seat, ejector seat, capsuleverb

    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, capsuliseverb

    enclose in a capsule

  9. encapsulate, capsule, capsulize, capsuliseverb

    put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume

    "capsulize the news"


  1. capsulenoun

    A membranous envelope.

  2. capsulenoun

    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. capsulenoun

    A sporangium, especially in bryophytes.

  4. capsulenoun

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

  5. capsulenoun

    A small container containing a dose of medicine.

  6. capsulenoun

    A weasel, in Suffolk slang.

  7. capsulenoun

    in a brief, condensed or compact form

  8. Etymology: From capsule.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Capsulenoun

    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. Capsulenoun

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

  3. Capsulenoun

    a small, shallow, evaporating dish, usually of porcelain

  4. Capsulenoun

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

  5. Capsulenoun

    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. Capsulenoun

    a metallic seal or cover for closing a bottle

  7. Capsulenoun

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

  8. Etymology: [L. capsula a little box or chest, fr. capsa chest, case, fr. capere to take, contain: cf. F. capsule.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Capsule

    kap′sūl, n. the seed-vessel of a plant: a small dish.—adjs. Cap′sular, Cap′sulary, hollow like a capsule: pertaining to a capsule; Cap′sulate, -d, enclosed in a capsule. [Fr.,—L. capsula, dim. of capsa, a case—capĕre, to hold.]

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.

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  1. scale up

  2. specula

  3. upscale

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of capsule in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of capsule in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of capsule in a Sentence

  1. The FDA:

    All of the information to date suggests that women with breast implants have a very low but increased risk of developing ALCL compared to women who do not have breast implants, most cases of breast implant-associated ALCL are treated by removal of the implant and the capsule surrounding the implant and some cases have been treated by chemotherapy and radiation.

  2. Giorgio Armani:

    The R-EA capsule collection has been made with recycled fabrics and materials, as it has already been done for Emporio men's line.

  3. Joe Raedle/Getty:

    There will be a couple of what we call fast boats will come up to the capsule at that point and make sure that everything is safe on the outside of the capsule for it to be hoisted on board the recovery ship, at that point, the recovery ship is moving in and in communications with the fast boats ...once everybody gives the thumbs up that we are ready to be hoisted aboard it will get lifted aboard by a crane and cradled on board the aft portion of the ship.

  4. Peggy Whitson:

    From inside the capsule I had no perspective that we actually had bounced, it was just one big hit and a roll.

  5. Matthew Toboroff:

    This box is our time capsule.

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. inexpiable
    • B. tantamount
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