Definitions for: Cap


[n] a tight-fitting headdress
[n] a top (as for a bottle)
[n] something serving as a cover or protection
[n] the upper part of a column that supports the entablature
[n] dental appliance consisting of an artificial crown for a tooth
[n] a mechanical or electrical explosive device or a small amount of explosive; can be used to fire an explosive charge
[n] an upper limit on what is allowed; "they established a cap for prices"
[n] a fruiting structure resembling an umbrella that forms the top of a stalked fleshy fungus such as a mushroom
[v] restrict the number or amount of; "We had to cap the number of people we can accept into our club"
[v] lie at the top of; "Snow capped the mountains"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.]


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.


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

Synonyms: capital, ceiling, chapiter, crest, crownwork, detonating device, detonator, pileus

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