a title or explanation for a picture or illustration, especially in a magazine.
a heading or title, as of a chapter, article, or page.
Movies, Television. the title of a scene, the text of a speech, etc., superimposed on the film and projected onto the screen.
Law. the heading of a legal document stating the time, place, etc., of execution or performance.
to supply a caption or captions for; entitle:
to caption a photograph.
Captions added to captionless illustrations and some illustrations were relocated to correspond to their references in the text.
Appletons’ Popular Science Monthly, December 1899 Various
a title, brief explanation, or comment accompanying an illustration; legend
a heading, title, or headline of a chapter, article, etc
graphic material, usually containing lettering, used in television presentation
another name for subtitle (sense 2)
the formal heading of a legal document stating when, where, and on what authority it was taken or made
to provide with a caption or captions
late 14c., “taking, seizure,” from Old French capcion “arrest, capture, imprisonment,” or directly from Latin captionem (nominative capito) “a catching, seizing, holding, taking,” noun of action from past participle stem of capere “to take” (see capable).
From 17c. used especially in law, and there via its appearance at the head of legal document involving seizure (“Certificate of caption”, etc.), the word’s sense was extended to “the beginning of any document;” thus “heading of a chapter or section of an article” (1789), and, especially in U.S., “description or title below an illustration” (1919).
by 1901, from caption (n.). Related: Captioned; captioning.
apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects; faultfinding; difficult to please. proceeding from a faultfinding or caviling disposition: He could never praise without adding a captious remark. apt or designed to ensnare or perplex, especially in argument: captious questions. Historical Examples “That canoe may not belong to the cutter,” said the […]
to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; enchant: Her blue eyes and red hair captivated him. Obsolete. to capture; subjugate. Historical Examples You are enamored of them; they captivate you with their uncouth glamors; towards them you are drawn, eh? The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey It was, indeed, […]
to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; enchant: Her blue eyes and red hair captivated him. Obsolete. to capture; subjugate. Contemporary Examples Olympia Snowe is starring as Hamlet these days, captivating and frustrating audiences in Washington and across the country. Snowe Removal Samuel P. Jacobs October 25, 2009 […]
to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; enchant: Her blue eyes and red hair captivated him. Obsolete. to capture; subjugate. Historical Examples Not a point in the story is overlooked, and every phase of meaning is captivatingly illustrated in pantomime. Famous Prima Donnas Lewis Clinton Strang The present […]