Cap (?), n. [OE. cappe, AS. caeppe, 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.]


A covering for the head; esp. (a)

One usually with a visor but without a brim, for men and boys;


One of lace, muslin, etc., for women, or infants;


One used as the mark or ensign of some rank, office, or dignity, as that of a cardinal.


The top, or uppermost part; the chief.

Thou art the cap of all the fools alive.


A respectful uncovering of the head.

He that will give a cap and make a leg in thanks.

4. Zool.

The whole top of the head of a bird from the base of the bill to the nape of the neck.


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.


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.


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.


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, foolsap, 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.]

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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.


To deprive of cap.




To complete; to crown; to bring to the highest point or consummation; as, to cap the climax of absurdity.


To salute by removing the cap.

[Slang. Eng.]

Tom . . . capped the proctor with the profoundest of bows.


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.

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.

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Cap, v. i.

To uncover the head respectfully.


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