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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Capias  \Ca"pi*as\,  n.  [L.  thou  mayst  take.]  Low 
  A  writ  or  process  commanding  the  officer  to  take  the  body  of 
  the  person  named  in  it  that  is  to  arrest  him  --  also 
  called  {writ  of  capias}. 
  Note:  One  principal  kind  of  capias  is  a  writ  by  which  actions 
  at  law  are  frequently  commenced;  another  is  a  writ  of 
  execution  issued  after  judgment  to  satisfy  damages 
  recovered;  a  capias  in  criminal  law  is  the  process  to 
  take  a  person  charged  on  an  indictment,  when  he  is  not 
  in  custody.  --Burrill.  Wharton.