caption

Definitions

  • Frame 1: A religious woman is presented a sporting magazine from 'Mr. Fox'. The caption says: “With Mr Fox's respects & many happy returns of the day” Frame 2: A hunter is presented a religious text from 'Mrs. Stork'. The caption says: “With Mrs Stork's kind regards and the compliments of the season”
    Frame 1: A religious woman is presented a sporting magazine from 'Mr. Fox'. The caption says: “With Mr Fox's respects & many happy returns of the day” Frame 2: A hunter is presented a religious text from 'Mrs. Stork'. The caption says: “With Mrs Stork's kind regards and the compliments of the season”
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v caption provide with a caption, as of a photograph or a drawing
    • n caption brief description accompanying an illustration
    • n caption translation of foreign dialogue of a movie or TV program; usually displayed at the bottom of the screen
    • n caption taking exception; especially a quibble based on a captious argument "a mere caption unworthy of a reply"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A spinster instructs a group of younger ladies on the unnecessary nature of husbands. The caption says, “Nonsense, my dears! Husbands are ridiculous things & are quite unnecessary!” A spinster instructs a group of younger ladies on the unnecessary nature of husbands. The caption says, “Nonsense, my...
A woman shows her daughters her fine buttons. Her husband sits at his desk, which is covered with piles of papers. He looks exasperated. The caption says: “There my child, have I not as many buttons as Lady Golderoy now?” A woman shows her daughters her fine buttons. Her husband sits at his desk, which is covered with piles of papers. He...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On November 29, 1941, the program for the annual Army-Navy football game carried a picture of the Battleship Arizona, captioned: "It is significant that despite the claims of air enthusiasts no battleship has yet been sunk by bombs." Today you can visit the site—now a shrine—where Japanese dive bombers sunk the Arizona at Pearl Harbor only nine days later.
    • Caption A caviling; a sophism. "This doctrine is for caption and contradiction."
    • Caption (Law) That part of a legal instrument, as a commission, indictment, etc., which shows where, when, and by what authority, it was taken, found, or executed.
    • Caption The act of taking or arresting a person by judicial process.
    • Caption The heading of a chapter, section, or page.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caption Seizure; capture; taking; catching.
    • n caption Captious or specious arguments or caviling; the act of caviling or taking exception; sophism; quibble or quibbling.
    • n caption The act of taking or apprehending by a judicial process.
    • n caption In law, a certificate stating the time and place of executing a commission in chancery, or of taking a deposition, or of the finding of an indictment, and the court or authority before which such act was performed, and such other particulars as are necessary to render it legal and valid, written upon or attached to the document to which it relates.
    • n caption The heading or title of a legal instrument or of a chapter, article, section, or page: as, the caption of Genesis i.; an editorial under the caption “A new Force in Politics.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caption kap′shun the act of taking: an arrest:
    • n Caption kap′shun (Eng. law) the formal title of indictments and depositions which shows the authority under which it is executed or taken: in Scotland, prior to 1837, the name given to the formal warrant to apprehend a debtor or other defaulting obligant, which was given in the Bill Chamber after letters of horning had been executed
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Quotations

  • James Thurber
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    “A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. captio, fr. caper, to take. In senses 3 and 4, perhaps confounded in meaning with L. caput, a head. See Capacious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. captionemcapĕre, to take.

Usage

In literature:

Indeed, the earliest entry of this discovery in the laboratory note-book bore that caption.
"Edison, His Life and Inventions" by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
He looked for a moment at the blood-stained caption.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
Captions, marginal figures and initials in red.
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius
The caption was torn off.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
We take a photograph of this bachelor homesteader and promise to print it in a city paper under the caption, 'Wife Wanted.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
The scheme is made for three years' wear and is given with the caption that the girls themselves chose.
"The American Country Girl" by Martha Foote Crow
The caption for that one always is, 'At Last, My Darling!
"Ewing\'s Lady" by Harry Leon Wilson
He approached it with caption, stopping at intervals to assure himself that no one was near.
"The Headless Horseman" by Mayne Reid
If it can be used without an explanatory caption, all the better.
"Making Your Camera Pay" by Frederick C. Davis
The caption said Vonnie Ryan and Peter was sure it was the same girl.
"The Boy Grew Older" by Heywood Broun
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In poetry:

There is something provident
In a buckling firmament
That raises in a rocky caption
Going-To-The-Sun's red bastion:
"Going To The Sun" by Norman MacLeod

In news:

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Election Day cartoon caption contest.
It's our way of letting you take a break from all the serious stuff you deal with at work — by coming up with appropriate light-hearted captions .
Earlier today, we posted a blank cartoon, and readers offered their captions .
Simply caption this photo by Lauren Chase to be entered to win.
What caption would you give this photo.
Once again, we had a bevy of worthy entries for last week's cartoon caption contest.
We invite you to enter the contest Sunday, when we publish a new Bagley cartoon in search of a caption and instructions on how to send us your entries.
To enter, submit your caption by e-mail to caption @sltrib.com, by FAX to 801-257-8525, or by postcard addressed to: Tribune Caption Contest, Suite 700, 90 South 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101.
All submissions must include the caption writer's name, home address and daytime telephone number.
The best caption that is posted below in the comments will get a pair of tickets to go see COMEDIAN MIKE BIRBIGLIA at the stranahan on november 17th.
For these photos, we've included the original captions that accompanied the photos.
We invite our readers to create their own captions for any of these photos and put them in the comments.
Captions that are rude, tasteless or demeaning will not be considered.
Boy Scouts secrets gave predators a pass Caption .
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In science:

The tests are the same as those described in the caption to Figure 2.
Moment-based inference for Pearson's quadratic q subfamily of distributions
The tests are the same as those described in the caption to Figure 2.
Moment-based inference for Pearson's quadratic q subfamily of distributions
The tests are the same as those described in the caption to Figure 2.
Moment-based inference for Pearson's quadratic q subfamily of distributions
The tests are the same as those described in the caption to Figure 2.
Moment-based inference for Pearson's quadratic q subfamily of distributions
The tests are the same as those described in the caption to Figure 2.
Moment-based inference for Pearson's quadratic q subfamily of distributions
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