Meaning of CAPSULE in English


/kap"seuhl, -soohl, -syoohl/ , n. , v. , capsuled, capsuling , adj.


1. Pharm. a gelatinous case enclosing a dose of medicine.

2. Biol.

a. a membranous sac or integument.

b. either of two strata of white matter in the cerebrum.

c. the sporangium of various spore-producing organisms, as ferns, mosses, algae, and fungi.

3. Bot. a dry dehiscent fruit, composed of two or more carpels.

4. a small case, envelope, or covering.

5. Also called space capsule . Aerospace. a sealed cabin, container, or vehicle in which a person or animal can ride in flight in space or at very high altitudes within the earth's atmosphere.

6. Aviation. a similar cabin in a military aircraft, which can be ejected from the aircraft in an emergency.

7. a thin metal covering for the mouth of a corked bottle.

8. a concise report; brief outline: An appendix to the book contains biographical capsules of the contributors.


9. to furnish with or enclose in or as if in a capsule; encapsulate.

10. to capsulize.


11. small and compact.

12. short and concise; brief and summarized: a capsule report.

[ 1645-55; 1950-55 for def. 5; ( capsula, equiv. to caps ( a ) box (see CASE 2 ) + -ula -ULE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .