Cap"ture (?), n. [L.
capture, fr. caper to take: cf. F. capture.
See Caitiff, and cf. aptive.]
1. The act of seizing by force, or
getting possession of by superior power or by stratagem; as, the
capture of an enemy, a vessel, or a criminal.
Even with regard to captures made at
2. The securing of an object of strife or
desire, as by the power of some attraction.
3. The thing taken by force, surprise, or
stratagem; a prize; prey.
Syn. -- Seizure; apprehension; arrest; detention.
Cap"ture, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Captured (?); p. pr. & vb.
n. Capturing.] To seize or take possession
of by force, surprise, or stratagem; to overcome and hold; to
secure by effort.
Her heart is like some fortress that has been