(Cap"tain*ry) n. [Cf. F. capitainerie.] Power, or command, over a certain district; chieftainship.
1. The condition, rank, post, or authority of a captain or chief commander. "To take the captainship."
2. Military skill; as, to show good captainship.
(Cap*ta`tion) n. [L. captatio, fr. captare to catch, intens. of caper to take: cf. F. captation.]
A courting of favor or applause, by flattery or address; a captivating quality; an attraction. [Obs.]
Without any of those dresses, or popular captations, which some men use in their speeches.
(Cap"tion) n. [L. captio, fr. caper to take. In senses 3 and 4, perhaps confounded in meaning
with L. caput a head. See Capacious.]
1. A caviling; a sophism. [Obs.]
This doctrine is for caption and contradiction.
2. The act of taking or arresting a person by judicial process. [R.] Bouvier.
3. (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. Bouvier. Wharton.
4. The heading of a chapter, section, or page. [U. S.]
(Cap"tious) a. [F. captieux, L. captiosus. See Caption.]
1. Apt to catch at faults; disposed to find fault or to cavil; eager to object; difficult to please.
A captious and suspicious age.
I am sensible I have not disposed my materials to abide the test of a captious controversy.
2. Fitted to harass, perplex, or insnare; insidious; troublesome.
Captious restraints on navigation.