capital

You might remember the definition of the adjective capital because its original meaning refers to your head, which is what you put a cap on, but it's come to mean the top of things or the best example of something.

The word capital comes from the Latin word capitalis, or "head," which some would argue is the command center of your body. Because your head is so important, capital has come to refer to the top of something like a building, or the national or state seat of a government, or the best example of something. It can be easily confused with the American word capitol, which refers to the actual buildings where government and legislative activities take place.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: capital

1
nadj
one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis
uppercase
2
n
wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value
3
n
a seat of government
4
adj
first-rate
5
n
the upper part of a column that supports the entablature
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: capital
1

n one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis

“printers once kept the type for capitals and for small letters in separate cases”
capitals were kept in the upper half of the type case and so became known as upper-case letters”
Synonyms:
capital letter, majuscule, upper-case letter, uppercase
Antonyms:
lower-case letter, lowercase, minuscule, small letter
the characters that were once kept in bottom half of a compositor's type case
Types:
small cap, small capital
a character having the form of an upper-case letter but the same height as lower-case letters
Type of:
character, grapheme, graphic symbol
a written symbol that is used to represent speech

adj uppercase

capital A”
Synonyms:
great, majuscule
uppercase
relating to capital letters which were kept in the top half of a compositor's type case
2

n wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value

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endowment, endowment fund
the capital that provides income for an institution
means, substance
considerable capital (wealth or income)
corpus, principal, principal sum
capital as contrasted with the income derived from it
patrimony
a church endowment
chantry
an endowment for the singing of Masses
pocketbook
your personal financial means
wherewithal
the necessary means (especially financial means)
Type of:
assets
anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company

n assets available for use in the production of further assets

Synonyms:
working capital
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stock
the capital raised by a corporation through the issue of shares entitling holders to an ownership interest (equity)
risk capital, venture capital
wealth available for investment in new or speculative enterprises
operating capital
capital available for the operations of a firm (e.g. manufacturing or transportation) as distinct from financial transactions and long-term improvements
seed money
capital needed to set up a new business or enterprise
common shares, common stock, ordinary shares
stock other than preferred stock; entitles the owner to a share of the corporation's profits and a share of the voting power in shareholder elections
no-par stock, no-par-value stock
stock with no par value specified in the corporate charter or on the stock certificate
preference shares, preferred shares, preferred stock
stock whose holders are guaranteed priority in the payment of dividends but whose holders have no voting rights
float
the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public
common stock equivalent
preferred stock or convertible bonds or warrants that can be converted into common stock
control stock
shares owned by shareholders who have a controlling interest
growth stock
stock of a corporation that has had faster than average gains in earnings and is expected to continue to
hot issue, hot stock
newly issued stock that is in great public demand
authorized shares, authorized stock, capital stock
the maximum number of shares authorized under the terms of a corporation's articles of incorporation
quarter stock
stock with a par value of $25/share
reacquired stock, treasury shares, treasury stock
stock that has been bought back by the issuing corporation and is available for retirement or resale; it is issued but not outstanding; it cannot vote and pays no dividends
voting stock
shares in a corporation that entitle the shareholder to voting and proxy rights
watered stock
stock representing ownership of overvalued assets; stock of a corporation whose total worth is less than its invested capital
Type of:
assets
anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
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n a seat of government

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Camelot
(Arthurian legend) the capital of King Arthur's kingdom; according to the legend, truth and goodness and beauty reigned there
George Town
the capital of the Cayman Islands
capital of Barbados
capital of Barbados; a port city on the southwestern coast of Barbados
capital of Northern Ireland
capital and largest city of Northern Ireland; the center of Protestantism in Northern Ireland
Edinburgh
the capital of Scotland; located in the Lothian Region on the south side of the Firth of Forth
Cardiff
the capital and largest city of Wales
Windhoek
capital of Namibia in the center of the country
capital of Afghanistan
the capital and largest city of Afghanistan; located in eastern Afghanistan
Albanian capital
the capital and largest city of Albania in the center of the country
Algerian capital
an ancient port on the Mediterranean; the capital and largest city of Algeria
Angolan capital
port city on Atlantic coast; the capital and largest city of Angola
capital of Antigua and Barbuda
the capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda; located on the island of Antigua
capital of Argentina
capital and largest city of Argentina; located in eastern Argentina near Uruguay; Argentina's chief port and industrial and cultural center
Bulgarian capital
capital and largest city of Bulgaria located in western Bulgaria
Rangoon
the capital and largest city of Myanmar; located in the south near the Irrawaddy river delta
capital of Burundi
the capital and largest city of Burundi
Cambodian capital
the capital and largest city of Kampuchea
capital of Cameroon
the capital of Cameroon
capital of Cape Verde
the capital of Cape Verde on Sao Tiago Island
capital of Central Africa
the capital and largest city of the Central African Republic
capital of Sri Lanka
the capital and largest city of Sri Lanka; has one of the largest harbors in the world; is located on the western coast of the island of Ceylon
capital of Chad
the capital and largest city of Chad; located in the southwestern on the Shari river
Santiago de Chile
the capital and largest city of Chile; located in central Chile; one of the largest cities in South America
capital of Red China
capital of the People's Republic of China in the Hebei province in northeastern China; 2nd largest Chinese city
capital of Taiwan
the capital of Nationalist China; located in northern Taiwan
capital of Colombia
capital and largest city of Colombia; located in central Colombia on a high fertile plain
Brazzaville
the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Congo
Leopoldville
the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Congo river opposite Brazzaville
capital of Costa Rica
the capital and largest city of Costa Rica
Yamoussukro
capital of the Ivory Coast
capital of Guatemala
the capital and largest city of Guatemala
Honduran capital
the capital and largest city of Honduras
Salvadoran capital
the capital and largest city of El Salvador; has suffered from recurrent earthquakes
capital of Nicaragua
the capital and largest city of Nicaragua
Panamanian capital
the capital and largest city of Panama
capital of Mexico
the capital and largest city of Mexico is a political and cultural and commercial and industrial center; one of the world's largest cities
capital of Cuba
the capital and largest city of Cuba; located in western Cuba; one of the oldest cities in the Americas
Haitian capital
the capital and largest city of Haiti
capital of the Dominican Republic
the capital and largest city of the Dominican Republic
capital of Jamaica
capital and largest city of Jamaica
capital of Trinidad and Tobago
the capital and largest city of Trinidad and Tobago on the west coast of the island of Trinidad
capital of Cyprus
the capital and largest city of Cyprus
Czech capital
the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic in the western part of the country; a cultural and commercial center since the 14th century
capital of Slovakia
capital and largest city of Slovakia
capital of Benin
the capital of Benin in southwestern part of country on a coastal lagoon
capital of Togo
capital and largest city of Togo; located in the south on the Gulf of Guinea
Danish capital
the capital and largest city of Denmark; located on the island of Zealand
capital of Djibouti
port city on the Gulf of Aden; the capital and largest city of Djibouti
Roseau
the capital and largest city of Dominica
Malabo
the capital and largest city of Equatorial Guinea on the island of Bioko in the Gulf of Guinea
capital of Norway
the capital and largest city of Norway; the country's main port; located at the head of a fjord on Norway's southern coast
capital of Sweden
the capital and largest city of Sweden; located in southern Sweden on the Baltic
German capital
capital of Germany located in eastern Germany
capital of Ecuador
the capital of Ecuador
Asmara
the capital of Eritrea
capital of Ethiopia
the capital of Ethiopia and the country's largest city; located in central Ethiopia
Suva
the capital and largest city of Fiji (on Viti Levu island)
capital of Finland
the capital and largest city of Finland; located in southern Finland; a major port and commercial and cultural center
capital of Greece
the capital and largest city of Greece; named after Athena (its patron goddess)
capital of Israel
capital and largest city of the modern state of Israel (although its status as capital is disputed); it was captured from Jordan in 1967 in the Six Day War; a holy city for Jews and Christians and Muslims; was the capital of an ancient kingdom
capital of Italy
capital and largest city of Italy; on the Tiber; seat of the Roman Catholic Church; formerly the capital of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire
capital of Romania
national capital and largest city of Romania in southeastern Romania
capital of Rwanda
the national capital and largest city of Rwanda; located in central Rwanda
capital of Serbia and Montenegro
capital and largest city of Serbia and Montenegro; situated on the Danube
Ljubljana
the capital of Slovenia
Zagreb
the capital of Croatia
Edmonton
the capital of the province of Alberta
Victoria
capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia on Vancouver Island
Winnipeg
the capital and largest city of Manitoba; located in southern Manitoba; known for severe winters
Fredericton
the provincial capital of New Brunswick
Saint John's
a port and provincial capital of Newfoundland
Halifax
provincial capital and largest city of Nova Scotia
capital of Canada
the capital of Canada (located in southeastern Ontario across the Ottawa river from Quebec)
Toronto
the provincial capital and largest city in Ontario (and the largest city in Canada)
Charlottetown
the provincial capital and largest city of Prince Edward Island
Quebec City
the French-speaking capital of the province of Quebec; situated on the Saint Lawrence River
Regina
the provincial capital of Saskatchewan
Whitehorse
the provincial capital of the Yukon Territory
capital of Australia
the capital of Australia; located in southeastern Australia
Brisbane
capital and largest city of Queensland state; located in the southeastern corner of Queensland on the Pacific; settled by British as a penal colony; 3rd largest city in Australia
Sydney
the largest Australian city located in southeastern Australia on the Tasman Sea; state capital of New South Wales; Australia's chief port
Melbourne
the capital of Victoria state and 2nd largest Australian city; a financial and commercial center
Hobart
a port and state capital of Tasmania
Adelaide
the state capital of South Australia
Perth
the state capital of Western Australia
Darwin
provincial capital of the Northern Territory of Australia
Kolonia
capital of Micronesia
Funafuti
capital of Tuvalu
Bairiki
national capital of Kiribati
capital of Papua New Guinea
the administrative capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea
capital of Austria
the capital and largest city of Austria; located on the Danube in northeastern Austria; was the home of Beethoven and Brahms and Haydn and Mozart and Schubert and Strauss
capital of the Bahamas
the capital of the Bahamas
capital of Bahrain
the capital of Bahrain; located at the northern end of Bahrain Island
capital of Bangladesh
the capital and largest city of Bangladesh
capital of Belgium
the capital and largest city of Belgium; seat of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
capital of Botswana
capital and largest city of Botswana in the extreme southeast
capital of Bolivia
capital city in western Bolivia and the administrative seat of Bolivia's government; largest city in Bolivia
Brazilian capital
the capital of Brazil; a city built on the central plateau and inaugurated in 1960
capital of the United Kingdom
the capital and largest city of England; located on the Thames in southeastern England; financial and industrial and cultural center
capital of Ireland
capital and largest city and major port of the Irish Republic
Egyptian capital
the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa; a major port just to the south of the Nile delta; formerly the home of the Pharaohs
capital of India
the capital of India is a division of the old city of Delhi
capital of Nepal
the capital and largest city of Nepal
capital of Tibet
the sacred city of Lamaism; known as the Forbidden City for its former inaccessibility and hostility to strangers
capital of Indonesia
capital and largest city of Indonesia; located on the island of Java; founded by the Dutch in 17th century
Iranian capital
the capital and largest city of Iran; located in northern Iran
capital of Iraq
capital and largest city of Iraq; located on the Tigris River
Japanese capital
the capital and largest city of Japan; the economic and cultural center of Japan
capital of Jordan
the capital and largest city of Jordan
capital of Kenya
the capital and largest city of Kenya; a center for tourist safaris
capital of Kuwait
a seaport on the Persian Gulf and capital of Kuwait
capital of France
the capital and largest city of France; and international center of culture and commerce
capital of Gabon
the capital of Gabon
capital of Gambia
a port city and capital of Gambia
capital of Ghana
the capital and largest city of Ghana with a deep-water port
capital of Grenada
the capital and largest city of Grenada
capital of Guinea
a port and the capital of Guinea
capital of Guinea-Bissau
the capital of Guinea-Bissau
Georgetown
port city and the capital and largest city of Guyana
capital of The Netherlands
an industrial center and the nominal capital of the Netherlands; center of the diamond-cutting industry; seat of an important stock exchange; known for its canals and art museum
capital of Hungary
capital and largest city of Hungary; located on the Danube River in north-central Hungary
capital of Iceland
the capital and chief port of Iceland on the southwestern coast of Iceland; buildings are heated by natural hot water
capital of North Korea
capital of North Korea and an industrial center
capital of South Korea
the capital of South Korea and the largest city of Asia; located in northwestern South Korea
Laotian capital
the capital and largest city of Laos
capital of Lebanon
capital and largest city of Lebanon; located in western Lebanon on the Mediterranean
capital of Lesotho
the capital of Lesotho; located in northwestern Lesotho
capital of Liberia
the capital and chief port and largest city of Liberia
Tarabulus Al-Gharb
the capital and chief port and largest city of Libya; in northwestern Libya on the Mediterranean Sea; founded by the Phoenicians in the 7th century BC
capital of Liechtenstein
the capital and largest city of Liechtenstein
capital of Luxembourg
the capital and largest city of Luxembourg
Skoplje
capital of modern Macedonia
capital of Madagascar
the capital and largest city of Madagascar
capital of Malawi
the capital of Malawi; located in south central Malawi
capital of Malaysia
Malaysia's sparkling new capital
Male
the capital of Maldives in the center of the islands
Bamako
the capital of Mali; located in the south on the Niger
capital of Malta
the capital of Malta; located on the northeastern coast of the island
Nouakchott
capital of Mauritania; located in western Mauritania near the Atlantic coast
Port Louis
capital and chief port of Mauritius; located on the northwestern coast of the island
Monaco-Ville
the capital of Monaco
capital of Mongolia
the capital and largest city of Mongolia
capital of Morocco
the capital of Morocco; located in the northwestern on the Atlantic coast
capital of Mozambique
the capital and largest city of Mozambique
capital of New Zealand
the capital of New Zealand
capital of Niger
the capital and largest city of Niger
capital of Nigeria
capital of Nigeria in the center of the country
capital of Oman
a port on the Gulf of Oman and capital of the sultanate of Oman
capital of Pakistan
the capital of Pakistan in the north on a plateau; the site was chosen in 1959
capital of Paraguay
the capital and chief port of Paraguay
capital of Peru
capital and largest city and economic center of Peru; located in western Peru; was capital of the Spanish empire in the New World until the 19th century
capital of the Philippines
the capital and largest city of the Philippines; located on southern Luzon
capital of Poland
the capital and largest city of Poland; located in central Poland
capital of Portugal
capital and largest city and economic and cultural center of Portugal; a major port in western Portugal on Tagus River where it broadens and empties into the Atlantic
capital of Qatar
the capital and chief port of Qatar
Basseterre
the capital of Saint Kitts and Nevis on the island of Saint Christopher
Castries
a port on the island of Saint Lucia; capital and largest city of Saint Lucia
Kingstown
the capital of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; on Saint Vincent
capital of Western Samoa
the capital of Western Samoa
capital of San Marino
the capital and only city of San Marino
Sao Tome
capital of Sao Tome and Principe
capital of Saudi Arabia
joint capital (with Mecca) of Saudi Arabia located in the central oasis; largest city in Saudi Arabia
capital of Senegal
the capital and chief port and largest city of Senegal
capital of Seychelles
port city and the capital of Seychelles
capital of Sierra Leone
port city and the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone
capital of Singapore
the capital of Singapore; one of the world's biggest ports
Honiara
national capital of Solomon Islands
capital of Somalia
the capital and largest city of Somalia; a port on the Indian Ocean
capital of South Africa
city in the Transvaal; the seat of the executive branch of the government of South Africa
capital of the Russian Federation
a city of central European Russia; formerly capital of both the Soviet Union and Soviet Russia; since 1991 the capital of the Russian Federation
capital of Belarus
the capital of Belarus and of the Commonwealth of Independent States
capital of Estonia
a port city on the Gulf of Finland that is the capital and largest city of Estonia
capital of Latvia
a port city on the Gulf of Riga that is the capital and largest city of Latvia; formerly a member of the Hanseatic League
capital of Lithuania
the capital and largest city of Lithuania; located in southeastern Lithuania
capital of Moldova
the capital of Moldova
capital of the Ukraine
capital and largest city of the Ukraine; a major manufacturing and transportation center
capital of Armenia
capital of Armenia
capital of Azerbaijan
a port city on the Caspian Sea that is the capital of Azerbaijan and an important center for oil production
capital of Georgia
the capital and largest city of Georgia on the Kura river
capital of Kazakhstan
remote city of Kazakhstan that (ostensibly for security reasons) was made the capital in 1998
capital of Kyrgyzstan
the capital of Kyrgyzstan (known as Frunze 1926-1991)
capital of Tajikistan
the capital of Tajikistan; formerly Stalinabad 1926-1991
capital of Turkmenistan
the capital and largest city of Turkmenistan
capital of Uzbek
the capital of Uzbekistan
capital of Spain
the capital and largest city situated centrally in Spain; home of an outstanding art museum
capital of Sudan
the capital of Sudan located at the confluence of the Blue Nile and White Nile
capital of Suriname
the capital and largest city and major port of Surinam
capital of Swaziland
capital of Swaziland; located in northwestern Swaziland
capital of Switzerland
the capital of Switzerland; located in western Switzerland
capital of Syria
an ancient city (widely regarded as the world's oldest) and present capital and largest city of Syria; according to the New Testament, the Apostle Paul (then known as Saul) underwent a dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus
capital of Tanzania
the capital and largest port city of Tanzania on the Indian Ocean
capital of Thailand
the capital and largest city and chief port of Thailand; a leading city in southeastern Asia; noted for Buddhist architecture
capital of Tunisia
the capital and principal port of Tunisia
capital of Turkey
the capital of Turkey; located in west-central Turkey; it was formerly known as Angora and is the home of Angora goats
capital of Uganda
the capital and largest city of Uganda on the north shore of Lake Victoria
United Arab Emirates's capital
a sheikhdom of eastern Arabia and capital of the United Arab Emirates
capital of Alabama
the state capital of Alabama on the Mobile River
capital of Alaska
the state capital of Alaska
capital of Arizona
the state capital and largest city located in south central Arizona; situated in a former desert that has become a prosperous agricultural area thanks to irrigation
capital of Arkansas
the state capital and largest city of Arkansas in the central part of Arkansas on the Arkansas River
capital of California
a city in north central California 75 miles to the northeast of San Francisco on the Sacramento River; capital of California
capital of Colorado
the state capital and largest city of Colorado; located in central Colorado on the South Platte river
capital of Connecticut
the state capital of Connecticut; located in central Connecticut on the Connecticut river; a center of the insurance business
capital of Delaware
the capital of the state of Delaware
capital of the United States
the capital of the United States in the District of Columbia and a tourist mecca; George Washington commissioned Charles L'Enfant to lay out the city in 1791
capital of Florida
capital of the state of Florida; located in northern Florida
capital of Georgia
state capital and largest city of Georgia; chief commercial center of the southeastern United States; was plundered and burned by Sherman's army during the American Civil War
capital of Hawaii
the capital and largest city of Hawaii; located on a large bay on the island of Oahu
capital of Idaho
the capital and largest city of Idaho
capital of Illinois
capital of the state of Illinois
capital of Indiana
the capital and largest city of Indiana; a major commercial center in the country's heartland; site of an annual 500-mile automobile race
capital of Iowa
the capital and largest city in Iowa
capital of Kansas
the capital of the state of Kansas; located in eastern Kansas on the Kansas river
capital of Kentucky
the capital of Kentucky; located in northern Kentucky
capital of Louisiana
capital of Louisiana
capital of Maine
the capital of the state of Maine
capital of Maryland
state capital of Maryland; site of the United States Naval Academy
capital of Massachusetts
state capital and largest city of Massachusetts; a major center for banking and financial services
capital of Michigan
capital of the state of Michigan; located in southern Michigan on the Grand River
capital of Minnesota
capital of the state of Minnesota; located in southeastern Minnesota on the Mississippi river adjacent to Minneapolis; one of the Twin Cities
capital of Mississippi
capital of the state of Mississippi on the Pearl River
capital of Missouri
capital of the state of Missouri; located in central Missouri on the Missouri river
capital of Montana
capital of the state of Montana; located in western Montana
capital of Nebraska
capital of the state of Nebraska; located in southeastern Nebraska; site of the University of Nebraska
capital of Nevada
capital of the state of Nevada; located in western Nevada
capital of New Hampshire
capital of the state of New Hampshire; located in south central New Hampshire on the Merrimack river
capital of New Jersey
capital of the state of New Jersey; located in western New Jersey on the Delaware river
capital of New Mexico
capital of the state of New Mexico; located in north central New Mexico
capital of New York
state capital of New York; located in eastern New York State on the west bank of the Hudson river
capital of North Carolina
capital of the state of North Carolina; located in the east central part of the North Carolina
capital of North Dakota
capital of the state of North Dakota; located in south central North Dakota overlooking the Missouri river
capital of Ohio
the state capital of Ohio; located in the center of the state; site of Ohio State University
capital of Oklahoma
capital and largest city of Oklahoma; the economy is based on oil and livestock
capital of Oregon
capital of the state of Oregon in the northwestern part of the state on the Willamette River
capital of Pennsylvania
capital of Pennsylvania; located in southern part of state
capital of Rhode Island
the capital and largest city of Rhode Island; located in northeastern Rhode Island on Narragansett Bay; site of Brown University
capital of South Carolina
capital and largest city in South Carolina; located in central South Carolina
capital of South Dakota
capital of the state of South Dakota; located in central South Dakota on the Missouri river
capital of Tennessee
capital of the state of Tennessee; located in the north central part of the state on the Cumberland River; known for country music
capital of Texas
state capital of Texas on the Colorado River; site of the University of Texas
capital of Utah
the capital and largest city of Utah; located near the Great Salt Lake in north central Utah; world capital of the Mormon Church
capital of Vermont
capital of the state of Vermont; located in north central Vermont
capital of Virginia
capital of the state of Virginia located in the east central part of the state; was capital of the Confederacy during the American Civil War
capital of Washington
capital of the state of Washington; located in western Washington on Puget Sound
capital of West Virginia
state capital of West Virginia in the central part of the state on the Kanawha river
capital of Wisconsin
capital of the state of Wisconsin; located in the southern part of state; site of the main branch of the University of Wisconsin
capital of Wyoming
the capital and largest city of Wyoming; located in the southeastern corner of the state
capital of Uruguay
the capital and largest city of Uruguay; a cosmopolitan city and one of the busiest ports in South America
capital of Vanuatu
capital of Vanuatu
capital of Venezuela
the capital and largest city of Venezuela
capital of Vietnam
the capital city of Vietnam; located in North Vietnam
Sana'a
the capital and largest city of Yemen; on the central plateau
capital of Zambia
the capital and largest city of Zambia
capital of Zimbabwe
the capital and largest city of Zimbabwe
Types:
national capital
the capital city of a nation
provincial capital
the capital city of a province
state capital
the capital city of a political subdivision of a country
Type of:
seat
a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised)

n a center that is associated more than any other with some activity or product

“the crime capital of Italy”
“the drug capital of Columbia”
Type of:
center, centre
a place where some particular activity is concentrated
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adj first-rate

“a capital fellow”
“a capital idea”
Synonyms
superior
of high or superior quality or performance

adj of primary importance

“our capital concern was to avoid defeat”
Synonyms
primary
of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary
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n the upper part of a column that supports the entablature

Synonyms:
cap, chapiter
Type of:
top
the upper part of anything
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