(||Ca"pi*as) n. [L. thou mayst take.] (Low) A writ or process commanding the officer to take the
body of the person named in it, that is, to arrest him; also called writ of capias.
One principal kind of capias is a writ by which actions at law are frequently commenced; another is a
writ of execution issued after judgment to satisfy damages recovered; a capias in criminal law is the
process to take a person charged on an indictment, when he is not in custody. Burrill. Wharton.
(Ca`pi*ba"ra) n. (Zoöl.) See Capybara.
(Cap`il*la"ceous) a. [L. capillaceus hairy, fr. capillus hair.] Having long filaments; resembling
a hair; slender. See Capillary.
(Cap`il*laire") n. [F. capillaire maiden-hair; sirop de capillaire capillaire; fr. L. herba capillaris
1. A sirup prepared from the maiden-hair, formerly supposed to have medicinal properties.
2. Any simple sirup flavored with orange flowers.
(Ca*pil"la*ment) n. [L. capillamentum, fr. capillus hair: cf. F. capillament.]
1. (Bot.) A filament. [R.]
2. (Anat.) Any villous or hairy covering; a fine fiber or filament, as of the nerves.
(Cap"il*la*ri*ness) n. The quality of being capillary.
(Cap`il*lar"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. capillarité.]
1. The quality or condition of being capillary.
2. (Physics) The peculiar action by which the surface of a liquid, where it is in contact with a solid is
elevated or depressed; capillary attraction.
Capillarity depends upon the relative attaction of the modecules of the liquid for each other and for those
of the solid, and is especially observable in capillary tubes, where it determines the ascent or descent of
the liquid above or below the level of the liquid which the tube is dipped; hence the name.
(Cap"il*la*ry) (kap"il*la*ry or ka*pil"la*ry; 277), a. [L. capillaris, fr. capillus hair. Cf. Capillaire.]