capitol

Definitions

  • The Dome of the Capitol at Washington
    The Dome of the Capitol at Washington
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Capitol the government building in Washington where the United States Senate and the House of Representatives meet
    • n capitol a building occupied by a state legislature
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Additional illustrations & photos:

U. S. Capitol U. S. Capitol
STATE STREET AND CAPITOL, ALBANY, NEW YORK STATE STREET AND CAPITOL, ALBANY, NEW YORK
EAST FRONT OF CAPITOL AT WASHINGTON EAST FRONT OF CAPITOL AT WASHINGTON
The Capitol at Washington The Capitol at Washington

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The difference between male and female blue crabs is the design located on their belly. The male blue crab has the Washington monument and the female blue crab's belly is shaped like the U.S. capitol.
    • Capitol The edifice at Washington occupied by the Congress of the United States; also, the building in which the legislature of a State holds its sessions; a statehouse.
    • Capitol The temple of Jupiter, at Rome, on the Mona Capitolinus, where the Senate met. "Comes Cæsar to the Capitol to-morrow?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only president buried on the grounds of a state capitol: James Polk in Nashville, Tenn.
    • n capitol In Rome, and in Roman cities and colonies, the precinct and temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, the protector of the city. The Capitol at Rome, situated on the southwestern summit of the Capitoline hill, was the center of the official religion of the state. In it the cult of Juno and of Minerva was associated with that of Jupiter. It was three times destroyed by fire, and each time restored with augmented magnificence; the last edifice coutinued to exist, though despoiled, till about the tenth century. The whole of the Capitoline hill (originally Mons Saturnius or Tarpeius) was also called the Capitol; on the second of its two summits was the citadel. The modern Capitol, or museum of the Capitol, stands in the space between the summits. Meetings of the senate and other legislative bodies have been held in or on the Capitol in both ancient and modern times. Literary references or inscriptions prove the existence of a capitol on the model of that in Rome in more than twenty provincial cities of Italy, Gaul, Spain, Africa, and the East; and there can be no doubt that a similar foundation was established in every regularly constituted Roman colony. The Roman capitol of Toulouse, which has been more than once renewed, has been the chief seat of authority in that city from medieval times to the present day.
    • n capitol In the United States, the edifice occupied by Congress at Washington; also, in the separate States, the state-house, or house in which the legislature holds its sessions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dr. John Gorrie of Appalachicola, Florida, invented mechanical refrigeration in 1851. He patented his device on May 6, 1851. There is a statue which honors this "Father of Modern Day Air Conditioning" in the Statuary Hall of the Capitol building in Washington, DC.
    • n Capitol kap′it-ol the temple of Jupiter at Rome, built on the Capitoline hill:
    • n Capitol kap′it-ol (U.S.) the house where Congress meets
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Quotations

  • Garth Brooks
    Garth Brooks
    “If I have any talent at all it's from God, and my mom, who was on Capitol Records also.”
  • Rufus Choate
    Rufus Choate
    “We have built no national temples but the Capitol; we consult no common oracle but the Constitution.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “If people see the Capitol going on, it is a sign we intend the Union shall go on.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. capitolium, fr. caput, head: cf. F. capitole,. See Chief
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. Capitoliumcaput, the head.

Usage

In literature:

The most celebrated temples were the capitol and pantheon.
"Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology" by Charles K. Dillaway
The forces of cavalry, infantry and artillery increased and were formed about Capitol Square.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
Arrangements had been made for the reception of the distinguished guests at the Capitol.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putnam Serviss
It's as bad as the Capitol itself.
"Crowded Out o' Crofield" by William O. Stoddard
During this period Mrs. Anne Maria Hall started a school on Capitol Hill, between the old Capitol and Carroll Row, on First Street, east.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
He died in the Capitol in Washington, February 23, 1848.
"The Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1876" by J. F. Loubat
I shall learn the truth at the capitol.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
He was inaugurated as Governor of Ohio, in the rotunda of the Capitol, January 13, 1868.
"The Life, Public Services and Select Speeches of Rutherford B. Hayes" by James Quay Howard
About the hotels, the President's House, the governor's mansion, and the Capitol, the movement was of the official world.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
CAPITOL, Portrait of Man.
"The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
Another inscription discovered at Constantine, Algeria, describes a statue of Jupiter dedicated in the Capitol of that city.
"Pagan and Christian Rome" by Rodolfo Lanciani
As we were the only two towns, we wanted the capitol of the new territory for one and the penitentiary for the other.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
The moon's rays, falling upon the unfinished dome of the Capitol, brought the building out in bold relief.
"Charles Carleton Coffin" by William Elliot Griffis
With no visitors and no duties we gave ourselves to the business of seeing the Capitol and enjoying the gorgeous sunlight.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Never had excitement around the Capitol run half so high.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
COXEY'S ARMY ON THE MARCH TO THE CAPITOL STEPS AT WASHINGTON.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
One of the interesting places in Washington is the Capitol, perhaps the most splendid building in any land.
"As A Chinaman Saw Us" by Anonymous
The magnificent Capitol at Washington was built long ago.
"Where We Live" by Emilie Van Beil Jacobs
At the headquarters of this army grew up a court, and all the magnificent splendor of a capitol centered around the captains.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
Quintus Catulus introduced them at Rome when he celebrated games at the dedication of the Capitol, B.C.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
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In poetry:

In the Capitol is mourning,
Mourning and woe this day,
For a nation's heart is throbbing--
A great man has passed away
"Death Of President Lincoln" by Nora Pembroke
Then said Lars Andersonicus,
"As thou say'st, so let it be."
And he strode down the stairs of the Capitol
With a heart that beat for glee.
"Lars Andersonicus" by Alexander Anderson
Twenty-first. Night. Monday.
Silhouette of the capitol in darkness.
Some good-for-nothing — who knows why—
made up the tale that love exists on earth.
"Twenty-First. Night. Monday" by Anna Akhmatova
Not with more glee, by hands Pontific crown'd,
With scarlet hats wide-waving circled round,
Rome in her Capitol saw Querno sit,
Throned on seven hills, the Antichrist of wit.
"The Dunciad: Book II." by Alexander Pope
O Countrymen! I see historic brass
Leap from the furnace in a blazing tide;
I see it through strange transformations pass
Into a form of energy and pride;
Beneath our Capitol's majestic shade
In bronze I see Mahone--Mahone's Brigade.
"Mahone's Brigade" by James Barron Hope
So rot in a closet in the ground
For the bad trumpets and the capitol's
Long seasonable grief. Rot for its guests,
Alive, that step away from death. Yet you,
A year cold, come more living to this room
Than these intruders, vertical and warm.
"Year's End" by Weldon Kees

In news:

An articulated bus jackknifed on Cedar Street, just south of the State Capitol on Monday, Nov 12, 2012, blocking backing up nearly a dozen buses on Martin Luther King Blvd as the rush hour closed.
So, let's just save all the hot air about compromise spilling out from the White House and Capitol Hill.
Gun owners rally at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield on March 11 to seek legislation that would let them carry concealed weapons .
Members of the House's freshman class pose for a group photo on Capitol Hill.
House Speaker John A Boehner of Ohio left the podium after delivering remarks at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks at a news conference discussing the election results on Capitol Hill on November 7, 2012 in Washington, DC.
75-foot-tall concolor fir from Jackson selected as Christmas tree for Michigan Capitol lawn.
Citizens rally in the rotunda of the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City to ask Governor Herbert to veto HB363, Wednesday, March 14, 2012.
Walker chops down own Christmas tree for Capitol conference room .
Governor Scott Walker chopped his own Christmas tree for his conference room at the State Capitol.
Branstad Names Capitol Conference Room After Former Iowa Governor.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan swearing in and confirmation hearing s on Capitol Hill.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's brother Irving yawns on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 29, 2010, as Kagan, right, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Capitol Hill weighs GOP payroll tax gambit.
Posted on April 24, 2009 at 4:17 pm by Casey Seiler, Capitol bureau chief in General.
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In science:

In 1918 an epidemic influenza started in Spain raided the world and reached Caracas “ One case, two, three, six, a hundred, on the Capitol it fell like fog, the raid swept mercilessly from outskirts to center” (my translation of a passage by Pocaterra ).
A procedure to Estimate the Fractal Dimension of Waveforms
Note that we will use bold capitol letters to represent infinite words, with T here representing the Thue-Morse infinite word.
The Morphisms With Unstackable Image Words
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