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Subtitles vs. Caption

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Subtitles

Subtitles are text derived from either a transcript or screenplay of the dialogue or commentary in films, television programs, video games, and the like, usually displayed at the bottom of the screen, but can also be at the top of the screen if there is already text at the bottom of the screen. They can either be a form of written translation of a dialogue in a foreign language, or a written rendering of the dialogue in the same language, with or without added information to help viewers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, who cannot understand the spoken language, or who have accent recognition problems to follow the dialogue.

Captionnoun

(typography) The descriptive heading or title of a document or part therof

Captionnoun

A title or brief explanation attached to an illustration, cartoon, user interface element, etc.

Captionnoun

(cinematography) A piece of text appearing on screen as subtitle or other part of a film or broadcast.

Captionnoun

(legal) The section on an official paper that describes when, where, what was taken, found or executed, and by whom it was authorized.

Captionnoun

A seizure or capture, especially of tangible property (chattel).

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Captionverb

To add captions to a text or illustration.

‘Only once the drawing is done will the letterer caption it.’;

Captionverb

To add captions to a film or broadcast.

Captionnoun

A caviling; a sophism.

‘This doctrine is for caption and contradiction.’;

Captionnoun

The act of taking or arresting a person by judicial process.

Captionnoun

That part of a legal instrument, as a commission, indictment, etc., which shows where, when, and by what authority, it was taken, found, or executed.

Captionnoun

The heading of a chapter, section, or page.

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Captionnoun

taking exception; especially an quibble based on a captious argument;

‘a mere caption unworthy of a reply’;

Captionnoun

translation of foreign dialogue of a movie or TV program; usually displayed at the bottom of the screen

Captionnoun

brief description accompanying an illustration

Captionverb

provide with a caption, as of a photograph or a drawing

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