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Cap definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CAP, n.
1. A part of dress made to cover the head.
2. The ensign of a cardinalate.
3. The top, or the uppermost; the highest.
Thou art the cap of fools.
4. A vessel in form of a cap.
5. An act of respect, made by uncovering the head.
Cap of cannon, a piece of lead laid over the vent to keep the priming dry; now called an apron.
Cap of maintenance, an ornament of state, carried before the Kings of England at the coronation. It is also carried before the mayors of some cities.
In ship-building, a cap is a thick strong block of wood, used to confine two masts together, when one is erected at the head of another.
1. To cover the top, or end; to spread over; as, a bone is capped at the joint with a cartilaginous substance.
The cloud-capped towers.
2. To deprive of the cap, or take off a cap.
To cap verses, is to name alternately verses beginning with a particular letter; to name in opposition or emulation; to name alternately in contest.
CAP, v.i. To uncover the head in reverence or civility.
Cap-a-pie, From head to foot; all over; as, armed cap-a-pie.
Cap-paper, n. A coarse paper, so called from being used to make caps to hold commodities.
Cap-sheaf, n. The top sheaf of a stack of grain; the crowner.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a tight-fitting headdress
2: a top (as for a bottle)
3: a mechanical or electrical explosive device or a small amount of explosive; can be used to initiate the reaction of a disrupting explosive [syn: detonator, detonating device, cap]
4: something serving as a cover or protection
5: a fruiting structure resembling an umbrella or a cone that forms the top of a stalked fleshy fungus such as a mushroom [syn: cap, pileus]
6: a protective covering that is part of a plant [syn: hood, cap]
7: an upper limit on what is allowed; "he put a ceiling on the number of women who worked for him"; "there was a roof on salaries"; "they established a cap for prices" [syn: ceiling, roof, cap]
8: (dentistry) dental appliance consisting of an artificial crown for a broken or decayed tooth; "tomorrow my dentist will fit me for a crown" [syn: crown, crownwork, jacket, jacket crown, cap]
9: the upper part of a column that supports the entablature [syn: capital, chapiter, cap] v
1: lie at the top of; "Snow capped the mountains" [syn: cap, crest]
2: restrict the number or amount of; "We had to cap the number of people we can accept into our club"

Merriam Webster's

abbreviation 1. Civil Air Patrol 2. combat air patrol

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English cappe, from Old English cppe, from Late Latin cappa head covering, cloak Date: before 12th century 1. a. a head covering especially with a visor and no brim b. a distinctive head covering emblematic of a position or office: as (1) a cardinal's biretta (2) mortarboard 2. a natural cover or top: as a. an overlying rock layer that is usually hard to penetrate b. (1) pileus (2) calyptra c. the top of a bird's head or a patch of distinctively colored feathers in this area 3. a. something that serves as a cover or protection especially for a tip, knob, or end <a bottle cap> b. a fitting for closing the end of a tube (as a water pipe or electric conduit) c. British cervical cap d. an artificial crown for a tooth 4. an overlaying or covering structure 5. a paper or metal container holding an explosive charge (as for a toy pistol) 6. an upper limit (as on expenditures) ; ceiling 7. the symbol ? indicating the intersection of two sets compare cup 9 8. a cluster of molecules or chemical groups bound to one end or a region of a cell, virus, or molecule II. verb (capped; capping) Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to provide or protect with a cap b. to give a cap to as a symbol of honor, rank, or achievement 2. to form a cap over ; crown <the mountains were capped with mist John Buchan> 3. a. to follow with something more noticeable or more significant ; outdo b. to bring to a climax or conclusion <cap off the show with a song> 4. to form a chemical cap on 5. to prevent from growing or spreading ; set an upper limit on <cap oil prices> 6. to supply (a tooth) with an artificial crown intransitive verb to form or produce a chemical cap III. noun Etymology: short for capsule Date: 1942 a small amount of an illegal or legally regulated drug; especially a small amount of a drug enclosed in a capsule IV. noun Date: 1982 capitalization 1d V. abbreviation 1. capacity 2. capital 3. capitalize; capitalized

Oxford Reference Dictionary

abbr. Common Agricultural Policy (of the EEC).

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a a soft brimless head-covering, usu. with a peak. b a head-covering worn in a particular profession (nurse's cap). c esp. Brit. a cap awarded as a sign of membership of a sports team. d an academic mortarboard or soft hat. e a special hat as part of Highland costume. 2 a a cover like a cap in shape or position (knee cap; toecap). b a device to seal a bottle or protect the point of a pen, lens of a camera, etc. 3 a = Dutch cap. b = percussion cap. 4 = CROWN n. 9b. --v.tr. (capped, capping) 1 a put a cap on. b cover the top or end of. c set a limit to (rate-capping). 2 a esp. Brit. award a sports cap to. b Sc. & NZ confer a university degree on. 3 a lie on top of; form the cap of. b surpass, excel. c improve on (a story, quotation, etc.) esp. by producing a better or more apposite one. Phrases and idioms: cap in hand humbly. cap of maintenance a cap or hat worn as a symbol of official dignity or carried before the sovereign etc. cap rock a hard rock or stratum overlying a deposit of oil, gas, coal, etc. cap sleeve a sleeve extending only a short distance from the shoulder. if the cap fits (said of a generalized comment) it seems to be true (of a particular person). set one's cap at try to attract as a suitor. Derivatives: capful n. (pl. -fuls). capping n. Etymology: OE cæppe f. LL cappa, perh. f. L caput head

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Regulation Reg`u*la"tion (-l?"sh?n), n. 1. The act of regulating, or the state of being regulated. The temper and regulation of our own minds. --Macaulay. 2. A rule or order prescribed for management or government; prescription; a regulating principle; a governing direction; precept; law; as, the regulations of a society or a school. Regulation sword, cap, uniform, etc. (Mil.), a sword, cap, uniform, etc., of the kind or quality prescribed by the official regulations. Syn: Law; rule; method; principle; order; precept. See Law.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cap Cap, n. [OE. cappe, AS. c[ae]ppe, cap, cape, hood, fr. LL, cappa, capa; perhaps of Iberian origin, as Isidorus of Seville mentions it first: ``Capa, quia quasi totum capiat hominem; it. capitis ornamentum.'' See 3d Cape, and cf. 1st Cope.] 1. A covering for the head; esp. (a) One usually with a visor but without a brim, for men and boys; (b) One of lace, muslin, etc., for women, or infants; (c) One used as the mark or ensign of some rank, office, or dignity, as that of a cardinal. 2. The top, or uppermost part; the chief. Thou art the cap of all the fools alive. --Shak. 3. A respectful uncovering of the head. He that will give a cap and make a leg in thanks. --Fuller. 4. (Zo["o]l.) The whole top of the head of a bird from the base of the bill to the nape of the neck. 5. Anything resembling a cap in form, position, or use; as: (a) (Arch.) The uppermost of any assemblage of parts; as, the cap of column, door, etc.; a capital, coping, cornice, lintel, or plate. (b) Something covering the top or end of a thing for protection or ornament. (c) (Naut.) A collar of iron or wood used in joining spars, as the mast and the topmast, the bowsprit and the jib boom; also, a covering of tarred canvas at the end of a rope. (d) A percussion cap. See under Percussion. (e) (Mech.) The removable cover of a journal box. (f) (Geom.) A portion of a spherical or other convex surface. 6. A large size of writing paper; as, flat cap; foolscap; legal cap. Cap of a cannon, a piece of lead laid over the vent to keep the priming dry; -- now called an apron. Cap in hand, obsequiously; submissively. Cap of liberty. See Liberty cap, under Liberty. Cap of maintenance, a cap of state carried before the kings of England at the coronation. It is also carried before the mayors of some cities. Cap money, money collected in a cap for the huntsman at the death of the fox. Cap paper. (a) A kind of writing paper including flat cap, foolscap, and legal cap. (b) A coarse wrapping paper used for making caps to hold commodities. Cap rock (Mining), The layer of rock next overlying ore, generally of barren vein material. Flat cap, cap See Foolscap. Forage cap, the cloth undress head covering of an officer of soldier. Legal cap, a kind of folio writing paper, made for the use of lawyers, in long narrow sheets which have the fold at the top or ``narrow edge.'' To set one's cap, to make a fool of one. (Obs.) --Chaucer. To set one's cap for, to try to win the favor of a man with a view to marriage. [Colloq.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cap Cap, v. i. To uncover the head respectfully. --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cap Cap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Capped; p. pr. & vb. n. Capping.] 1. To cover with a cap, or as with a cap; to provide with a cap or cover; to cover the top or end of; to place a cap upon the proper part of; as, to cap a post; to cap a gun. The bones next the joint are capped with a smooth cartilaginous substance. --Derham. 2. To deprive of cap. [Obs.] --Spenser. 3. To complete; to crown; to bring to the highest point or consummation; as, to cap the climax of absurdity. 4. To salute by removing the cap. [Slang. Eng.] Tom . . . capped the proctor with the profoundest of bows. --Thackeray. 5. To match; to mate in contest; to furnish a complement to; as, to cap text; to cap proverbs. --Shak. Now I have him under girdle I'll cap verses with him to the end of the chapter. --Dryden. Note: In capping verses, when one quotes a verse another must cap it by quoting one beginning with the last letter of the first letter, or with the first letter of the last word, or ending with a rhyming word, or by applying any other arbitrary rule may be agreed upon.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(caps, capping, capped) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. A cap is a soft, flat hat with a curved part at the front which is called a peak. Caps are usually worn by men and boys. ...a dark blue baseball cap. N-COUNT: oft supp N 2. A cap is a special hat which is worn as part of a uniform. ...a frontier guard in olive-grey uniform and a peaked cap. N-COUNT: oft supp N 3. If a sports player is capped, they are chosen to represent their country in a team game such as football, rugby, or cricket. (BRIT) Rees, 32, has been capped for England 23 times. ...England's most capped rugby union player. VERB: usu passive, be V-ed, V-ed 4. If a sports player represents their country in a team game such as football, rugby, or cricket, you can say that they have been awarded a cap. (BRIT) Mark Davis will win his first cap for Wales in Sunday's Test match against Australia. N-COUNT 5. If the government caps an organization, council, or budget, it limits the amount of money that the organization or council is allowed to spend, or limits the size of the budget. The Secretary of State for Environment has the power to cap councils which spend excessively... VERB: V n 6. The cap of a bottle is its lid. She unscrewed the cap of her water bottle and gave him a drink. N-COUNT 7. A cap is a circular rubber device that a woman places inside her vagina to prevent herself from becoming pregnant. (BRIT) N-COUNT 8. If someone says that a good or bad event caps a series of events, they mean it is the final event in the series, and the other events were also good or bad. (JOURNALISM) The unrest capped a weekend of right-wing attacks on foreigners. VERB: V n 9. If someone's teeth are capped, covers are fixed over them so that they look better. He suddenly smiled, revealing teeth that had recently been capped... I had my teeth capped. VERB: usu passive, be V-ed, have n V-ed 10. see also ice cap

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Head-cover, head-gear, bonnet, head-dress, coif, coiffure, caul. 2. Cover, covering. 3. Acme, crown, head, summit, pitch, peak, top, chief, perfection. II. v. a. 1. Cover, surmount. 2. Crown, complete, finish. 3. Exceed, surpass, transcend, overtop. 4. Match, pattern, parallel.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

To take one's oath. I will cap downright; I will swear home. Cant.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

To take off one's hat or cap. To cap the quadrangle; a lesson of humility, or rather servility, taught undergraduates at the university, where they are obliged to cross the area of the college cap in hand, in reverence to the fellows who sometimes walk there. The same ceremony is observed on coming on the quarter deck of ships of war, although no officer should be on it.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

To support another's assertion or tale. To assist a man in cheating. The file kidded the joskin with sham books, and his pall capped; the deep one cheated the countryman with false cards, and his confederate assisted in the fraud.

Moby Thesaurus

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