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.
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]
adj 1: used especially of front teeth having artificial crowns;
"capped teeth gave her a beautiful smile"
2: covered as if with a cap or crown especially of a specified
kind; "cloud-capped mountains"; "snow-capped peaks"