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cap

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noun \ˈkap\

Definition of cap

  1. 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. 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. 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 c British :  cervical cap d :  an artificial crown for a tooth

  4. 4 :  an overlaying or covering structure

  5. 5 :  a paper or metal container holding an explosive charge (as for a toy pistol)

  6. 6 :  an upper limit (as on expenditures) :  ceiling

  7. 7 :  the symbol ∩ indicating the intersection of two sets — compare cup 9

  8. 8 :  a cluster of molecules or chemical groups bound to one end or a region of a cell, virus, or molecule

cap in hand
  1. :  in a respectful, humble, or sometimes fearful manner



Origin of cap

Middle English cappe, from Old English cæppe, from Late Latin cappa head covering, cloak


First Known Use: before 12th century


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cap

verb

Simple Definition of cap

  • : to cover the top or end of (something) : to put a cap on (something)

  • : to end (something) in usually an exciting or impressive way

  • : to follow (something) with something that is better, worse, etc.

Full Definition of cap

cappedcap·ping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to provide or protect with a cap b :  to give a cap to as a symbol of honor, rank, or achievement

  3. 2 :  to form a cap over :  crown <mountains capped with mist>

  4. 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>

  5. 4 :  to form a chemical cap on

  6. 5 :  to prevent from growing or spreading :  set an upper limit on <cap oil prices>

  7. 6 :  to supply (a tooth) with an artificial crown

  8. intransitive verb
  9. :  to form or produce a chemical cap

Examples of cap

  1. a pipe capped at one end

  2. Be sure to cap the pen when you are done using it.

  3. The report caps a ten-year study of lung cancer among nonsmokers.

  4. a concert capped by a fantastic fireworks display

  5. If the teams don't cap player salaries, the league won't survive.

  6. The law would cap legal immigration.

  7. The government wants to cap councils that spend too much.



15th Century

First Known Use of cap

15th century


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cap

noun

Definition of cap

  1. :  a small amount of an illegal or legally regulated drug; especially :  a small amount of a drug enclosed in a capsule



Origin of cap

short for capsule


First Known Use: 1942


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cap

noun

Definition of cap



1982

First Known Use of cap

1982


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cap

abbreviation

Definition of cap

  1. 1 capacity

  2. 2 capital

  3. 3 capitalize; capitalized



Other Electrical Engineering Terms


CAP

abbreviation

Definition of CAP

  1. 1 Civil Air Patrol

  2. 2 combat air patrol






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