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.]
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.
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.
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. Zool. 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. i. To uncover the head respectfully.
n 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
4: something serving as a cover or protection
5: a fruiting structure resembling an umbrella that forms the
top of a stalked fleshy fungus such as a mushroom [syn: pileus]
6: an upper limit on what is allowed; "they established a cap
for prices" [syn: ceiling]
7: dental appliance consisting of an artificial crown for a
tooth [syn: crownwork]
8: the upper part of a column that supports the entablature
[syn: capital, chapiter]
v 1: lie at the top of; "Snow capped the mountains" [syn: crest]
2: restrict the number or amount of; "We had to cap the number
of people we can accept into our club"
[also: capping, capped]