Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A taking of a vessel as a prize by an enemy, in time of open war, with intent to deprive the owner of it. See 6 Wall. (U. S.) 1, 18 L. Ed. 836. A seizure of property or soldiers of an enemy in time of war.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In international law. The inking or wresting of property from one of two belligerents by the other. It occurs either on land or at sea. In the former case, the property captured is called "booty;" in the latter case, "prize." Capture, in technical language, is a taking by military power; a seizure is a taking by civil authority. U. S. v. Athens Armory, 35 Ga. 344, Fed. Cas. No. 14,473. In some cases, this is a mode of acquiring property. Thus, every one may, as a general rule, on his own land, or on the sea, capture any wild animal, and acquire a qualified ownership in it by confining it, or absolute ownership by killing it 2 Steph. Comm. 79.