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1 a small container
2 a pill in the form of a small rounded gelatinous container with medicine inside
3 a dry dehiscent seed vessel or the spore-containing structure of e.g. mosses
4 a shortened version of a written work [syn: condensation, abridgement, abridgment]
5 a structure that encloses a body part
6 a spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer space [syn: space capsule]
7 a pilot's seat in an airplane that can be forcibly ejected in the case of an emergency; then the pilot descends by parachute [syn: ejection seat, ejector seat]


1 enclose in a capsule [syn: capsulate, capsulize, capsulise]
2 put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume; "capsulize the news" [syn: encapsulate, capsulize, capsulise]

User Contributed Dictionary



From capsule.


  1. A membranous envelope.
  2. A type of simple, dehiscent, dry fruit (seed-case) produced by many species of flowering plants, such as poppy, lily, orchid, willow and cotton.
  3. A detachable part of rocket or spacecraft (usually in the nose) containing crew's living space.
  4. A small container containing a dose of medicine.
  5. A weasel, in Suffolk slang.


physiology: membranous envelope
  • Finnish: kotelo
  • German: Kapsel
  • Portuguese: cápsula
botany: seed-case
  • Finnish: kota
  • German: Kapsel
  • Portuguese: cápsula
part of spacecraft containing crew's living space
  • Finnish: kapseli
  • German: Kapsel
  • Portuguese: cápsula
small container containing a dose of medicine
  • Finnish: kapseli
  • German: Kapsel
  • Portuguese: cápsula
See: weasel



From capsula.


fr-noun f



  1. Plural of capsula

Extensive Definition

The word capsule, or encapsulation, may refer to:
  • Capsule (anatomy), a cover or envelope partly or wholly surrounding a structure.
  • Capsule (fruit), a type of dry fruit like the poppy, iris or foxglove.
  • capsule (group) is a Shibuya-kei musical group, consisting of vocalist Toshiko Koshijima and producer Yasutaka Nakata.
  • Capsule (microbiology), a layer that lies outside the cell wall of bacteria.
  • Capsule (pharmacy), a small gelatinous case enclosing a dose of medication.
  • Another name for the sporangium of mosses and hornworts.
  • The electronic or electromagnetic component inside a microphone which converts acoustic energy into an electric signal.
  • Capsular contracture, the scar tissue naturally forming around breast implants.
  • A protective cover for a cork on a bottle.
  • A cylinder capped with hemispheres
  • A capsule hotel is a type of very dense overnight lodging popular in urban Japan.
  • A space capsule is a type of manned spacecraft.
  • A time capsule is a cache of items and/or information to be preserved for future times.
  • The plastic container used to hold small toys and other items in bulk vending machines, also known as "Capsule Machines"
capsule in Danish: Kapsel
capsule in German: Kapsel
capsule in Spanish: Cápsula
capsule in French: Capsule
capsule in Indonesian: Kapsul
capsule in Lithuanian: Kapsulė
capsule in Dutch: Kapsel
capsule in Japanese: カプセル
capsule in Portuguese: Cápsula
capsule in Romanian: Capsulă (dezambiguizare)
capsule in Russian: Капсула

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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