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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]