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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cap"sule
  1. [Bot] a dry fruit or pod which is made up of several parts or carpels, and opens to discharge the seeds, as, the capsule of the poppy, the flax, the lily, etc.
  2. [Chem]
    1. A small saucer of clay for roasting or melting samples of ores, etc.; a scorifier.
    2. a small, shallow, evaporating dish, usually of porcelain.
  3. [Med] A small cylindrical or spherical gelatinous envelope in which nauseous or acrid doses are inclosed to be swallowed.
  4. [Anat] A membranous sac containing fluid, or investing an organ or joint; as, the capsule of the lens of the eye. Also, a capsulelike organ.
  5. A metallic seal or cover for closing a bottle.
  6. A small cup or shell, as of metal, for a percussion cap, cartridge, etc.

Etymology: L. capsula a little box or chest, fr. capsa chest, case, fr. capere to take, contain: cf. F. capsule

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A pill in the form of a small rounded gelatinous container with medicine inside
  2. A small container
  3. A pilot's seat in an airplane that can be forcibly ejected in the case of an emergency; then the pilot descends by parachute
  4. A spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer space
  5. A structure that encloses a body part
  6. A shortened version of a written work
  7. A dry dehiscent seed vessel or the spore-containing structure of e.g. mosses
  8. Put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume
  9. Enclose in a capsule

Borrowing from French capsule, from Latin capsula, diminutive of capsa (“box”).

  1. (physiology) A membranous envelope.
  2. (botany) 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. (botany) A sporangium, especially in bryophytes.
  4. A detachable part of a rocket or spacecraft (usually in the nose) containing the crew's living space.
  5. (pharmacy) A small container containing a dose of medicine.
  6. (dialectal, Britain, Suffolk) A weasel.
  7. (attributively, figuratively) in a brief, condensed or compact form
  8. (winemaking) The covering — formerly lead or tin, now often plastic — over the cork at the top of the wine bottle.
  9. (chemistry, dated) A small clay saucer for roasting or melting samples of ores, etc.; a scorifier.
  10. A small, shallow evaporating dish, usually of porcelain.
  11. A small cup or shell, often of metal, for a percussion cap, cartridge, etc.

capsule was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish

Fun Facts about the name Capsule

  • How unique is the name Capsule? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Capsule was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Capsule: Your name in reverse order is Eluspac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Csupeal. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Capsule born Jul 20, 1980

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Bulgaria approximately on 1600. Your profession was jeweler and watch-maker.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. There is the invisible connection between material and spiritual world. Your lesson - to search, to find and to use this bridge.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.