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Definition: Active capital
, a. [F. actif, L. activus, fr. agere to act.]
1. Having the power or quality of acting; causing change;
communicating action or motion; acting; -- opposed to
, that receives; as, certain active principles;
the powers of the mind.
2. Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body;
nimble; as, an active child or animal.
Active and nervous was his gait. --Wordsworth.
3. In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; --
opposed to quiescent
, or extinct
active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano.
4. Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic;
diligent; busy; -- opposed to dull
, or inert
; as, an active man of business;
active mind; active zeal.
5. Requiring or implying action or exertion; -- opposed to
or to tranquil
; as, active employment or
service; active scenes.
6. Given to action rather than contemplation; practical;
operative; -- opposed to speculative
as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.
7. Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.
8. Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease;
an active remedy.
(a) Applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to
. See Active voice
, under Voice
(b) Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts
upon or affects something else; transitive.
(c) Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct
from mere existence or state.
, Active wealth
, money, or property that
may readily be converted into money.
Syn: Agile; alert; brisk; vigorous; nimble; lively; quick;
sprightly; prompt; energetic.
(k[a^]p"[i^]*tal), n. [Cf. L. capitellum and
capitulum, a small head, the head, top, or capital of a
column, dim. of caput head; F. chapiteau, OF. capitel. See
, and cf. cattle
1. (Arch.) The head or uppermost member of a column,
pilaster, etc. It consists generally of three parts,
abacus, bell (or vase), and necking. See these terms, and
2. [Cf. F. capilate, fem., sc. ville.] (Geog.) The seat of
government; the chief city or town in a country; a
metropolis. “A busy and splendid capital”
3. [Cf. F. capital.] Money, property, or stock employed in
trade, manufactures, etc.; the sum invested or lent, as
distinguished from the income or interest. See Capital stock
, under Capital
4. (Polit. Econ.) That portion of the produce of industry,
which may be directly employed either to support human
beings or to assist in production. --M'Culloch.
Note: When wealth is used to assist production it is called
capital. The capital of a civilized community includes
(i.e. buildings, machines, and roads
used in the course of production and exchange) and
(i.e., food, fuel, money, etc.,
spent in the course of production and exchange). --T.
5. Anything which can be used to increase one's power or
He tried to make capital out of his rival's
6. (Fort.) An imaginary line dividing a bastion, ravelin, or
other work, into two equal parts.
7. A chapter, or section, of a book. [Obs.]
Holy St. Bernard hath said in the 59th capital.
8. (Print.) See Capital letter
, under Capital
. See under Active
(Print.), a small capital letter; informally
referred to (in the plural) as small caps
; as, the
technical terms are listed in small caps
. See under
To live on one's capital
, to consume one's capital without
producing or accumulating anything to replace it.