4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged principal, investment, assets, stock.
11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged prime, primary, first. The adjectives capital,chief,major,principal apply to a main or leading representative of a kind. Capital may mean larger or more prominent; it may also suggest preeminence or excellence:capital letter, idea, virtue,etc. Chief means leading, highest in office or power:the chief clerk.Major may refer to greatness of importance, number, or quantity:a major operation, the major part of a population.Principal refers to most distinguished, influential, or foremost:principal officer.
11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged trivial, minor.
The noun capital1 refers to a city or town that is the seat of government; to a capital letter as opposed to a lowercase letter; and to wealth or resources. The noun Capitol refers primarily to the building in Washington, D.C., in which Congress sits or to similar buildings used by state legislatures.
cap•i•tal2(kap′i tl),USA pronunciationn.[Archit.]
Architecturethe distinctively treated upper end of a column, pier, or the like.
Middle English capitale head (noun, nominal use of neuter of Latin adjective, adjectival) for Latin capitellum, equivalent. to capit- (stem of caput) head + -ellum diminutive suffix 1250–1300
the seat of government of a country or other political unit
(as modifier): a capital city
material wealth owned by an individual or business enterprise
wealth available for or capable of use in the production of further wealth, as by industrial investment
make capital of, make capital out of ⇒ to get advantage from
(sometimes capital) the capitalist class or their interests: capital versus labour
the ownership interests of a business as represented by the excess of assets over liabilities
the nominal value of the authorized or issued shares
(as modifier): capital issues
any assets or resources, esp when used to gain profit or advantage
a capital letter Abbreviation:cap., cap
(as modifier): capital B
(prenominal) involving or punishable by death: a capital offence
very serious; fatal: a capital error
primary, chief, or principal: our capital concern is that everyone be fed
of, relating to, or designating the large modern majuscule letter used chiefly as the initial letter in personal names and place names and other uniquely specificatory nouns, and often for abbreviations and acronyms Comparesmall See alsoupper case
chieflyBritexcellent; first-rate: a capital idea
Etymology: 13th Century: from Latin capitālis (adj) concerning the head, chief, from caput head; compare Medieval Latin capitāle (n) wealth, from capitālis (adj)
the upper part of a column or pier that supports the entablature Also called:chapiter, cap
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French capitel, from Late Latin capitellum, diminutive of caput head