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Active Capital

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Active \Ac"tive\, adjective [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 {passive}, 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}, {dormant}, or {extinct}; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano.

4. Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; -- opposed to {dull}, {sluggish}, {indolent}, or {inert}; as, an active man of business; active mind; active zeal.

5. Requiring or implying action or exertion; -- opposed to {sedentary} or to {tranquil}; as, active employment or service; active scenes.

6. Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; -- opposed to {speculative} or {theoretical}; 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.

9. (Gram.) (a) Applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to {passive}. 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 capital}, {Active wealth}, money, or property that may readily be converted into money.

Syn: Agile; alert; brisk; vigorous; nimble; lively; quick; sprightly; prompt; energetic.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

capital \cap"i*tal\ (k[a^]p"[i^]*tal), noun [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 {chief}, and cf. {cattle}, {chattel}, {chapiter}, {chapter}.]

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 {Column}.

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" --Macauly.

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}, adjective

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 {fixed capital} (i.e. buildings, machines, and roads used in the course of production and exchange) and {circulating capital} (i.e., food, fuel, money, etc., spent in the course of production and exchange). --T. Raleigh.

5. Anything which can be used to increase one's power or influence.

He tried to make capital out of his rival's discomfiture. --London Times.

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. --Sir W. Scott.

8. (Print.) See {Capital letter}, under {Capital}, adjective

{Active capital}. See under {Active},

{Small capital} (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 {Capital}, adjective

{To live on one's capital}, to consume one's capital without producing or accumulating anything to replace it.

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