Capillary attraction, Capillary repulsion, the apparent attraction or repulsion between a solid and liquid caused by capillarity. See Capillarity, and Attraction.Capillarity tubes. See the Note under Capillarity.

(Cap"il*la*ry), n.; pl. Capillaries

1. A tube or vessel, extremely fine or minute.

2. (Anat.) A minute, thin-walled vessel; particularly one of the smallest blood vessels connecting arteries and veins, but used also for the smallest lymphatic and biliary vessels.

(Cap`il*la"tion) n. [L. capillatio the hair.] A capillary blood vessel. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.

(Ca*pil"la*ture) n. [L. capillatura.] A bush of hair; frizzing of the hair. Clarke.

(Ca*pil"li*form) a. [L. capillus hair + -form.] In the shape or form of, a hair, or of hairs.

(Cap"il*lose`) a. [L. capillosus.] Having much hair; hairy. [R.]

(Ca*pis"trate) a. [L. capistratus, p. p. of capistrare halter.] (Zoöl.) Hooded; cowled.

(Cap"i*tal) a. [F. capital, L. capitalis capital fr. caput head. See Chief, and cf. Capital, n.]

1. Of or pertaining to the head. [Obs.]

Needs must the Serpent now his capital bruise
Expect with mortal pain.

2. Having reference to, or involving, the forfeiture of the head or life; affecting life; punishable with death; as, capital trials; capital punishment.

Many crimes that are capital among us.

To put to death a capital offender.

3. First in importance; chief; principal.

A capital article in religion

Whatever is capital and essential in Christianity.
I. Taylor.

4. Chief, in a political sense, as being the seat of the general government of a state or nation; as, Washington and Paris are capital cities.

5. Of first rate quality; excellent; as, a capital speech or song. [Colloq.]

Capital letter[F, lettre capitale] (Print.), a leading or heading letter, used at the beginning of a sentence and as the first letter of certain words, distinguished, for the most part, both by different form and larger size, from the small (lower-case) letters, which form the greater part of common print or writing.Small capital letters have the form of capital letters and height of the body of the lower-case letters.Capital stock, money, property, or stock invested in any business, or the enterprise of any corporation or institution. Abbott.

1. Resembling a hair; fine; minute; very slender; having minute tubes or interspaces; having very small bore; as, the capillary vessels of animals and plants.

2. Pertaining to capillary tubes or vessels; as, capillary action.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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