cap

noun (1), often attributive
\ˈkap \

Definition of cap 

(Entry 1 of 6)

1a : a head covering especially with a visor and no brim

b : a distinctive head covering emblematic of a position or office: such as

(1) : a cardinal's biretta

(2) : mortarboard

2 : a natural cover or top: such 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

3a : 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 : an overlaying or covering structure

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

6 : an upper limit (as on expenditures) : ceiling a cap on military spending

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

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

cap in hand

: in a respectful, humble, or sometimes fearful manner went cap in hand to the governor to seek more funds for education

cap

verb
capped; capping

Definition of cap (Entry 2 of 6)

transitive verb

1a : to provide or protect with a cap cap a bottle

b : to give a cap to as a symbol of honor, rank, or achievement

2 : to form a cap over : crown mountains capped with mist

3a : 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

4 : to form a chemical cap on

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

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

intransitive verb

: to form or produce a chemical cap

cap

noun (2)

Definition of cap (Entry 3 of 6)

: a small amount of an illegal or legally regulated drug especially : a small amount of a drug enclosed in a capsule a cap of cocaine

cap

noun (3)

Definition of cap (Entry 4 of 6)

cap

abbreviation (1)

Definition of cap (Entry 5 of 6)

1 capacity

2 capital

3 capitalize; capitalized

CAP

abbreviation (2)

Definition of CAP (Entry 6 of 6)

1 Civil Air Patrol

2 combat air patrol

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Synonyms & Antonyms for cap

Synonyms: Verb

circumscribe, confine, hold down, limit, restrict

Antonyms: Verb

exceed

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Examples of cap in a Sentence

Verb

a pipe capped at one end Be sure to cap the pen when you are done using it. The report caps a ten-year study of lung cancer among nonsmokers. a concert capped by a fantastic fireworks display If the teams don't cap player salaries, the league won't survive. The law would cap legal immigration. The government wants to cap councils that spend too much.
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First Known Use of cap

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

1942, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cap

Noun (1)

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

Verb

see cap entry 1

Noun (2)

short for capsule

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The first known use of cap was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for cap

cap

verb

English Language Learners 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.

cap

noun
\ˈkap \

Kids Definition of cap

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a head covering and especially one having a visor and no brim

2 : something that serves as a cover or protection for something a bottle cap

3 : a part that forms the top of something a mushroom cap

4 : an upper limit a cap on spending

5 : a paper or metal container holding a small explosive charge The toy pistol shoots caps.

cap

verb
capped; capping

Kids Definition of cap (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to cover or provide with a top or cover Please remember to cap the marker. The mountaintops are capped with snow.

2 : to bring to a high point or end He capped off the show with a song.

3 : to match or follow with something equal or better She capped his joke with one of her own.

4 : to put an upper limit on Attendance is capped at 80 participants.

Kids Definition of cap.

1 capital

2 capitalize

3 capitalized

cap

noun, often attributive
\ˈkap \

Medical Definition of cap 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a natural cover or top: as

a : pileus

b : patella, kneecap

2 : something that serves as a cover or protection especially for a tip, knob, or end (as of a tooth)

3 British : cervical cap

4 : a cluster of molecules or chemical groups bound to one end or a region of a cell, virus, or molecule the cell surface receptors were redistributed into caps

cap

verb
capped; capping

Medical Definition of cap (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to invest (a student nurse) with a cap as an indication of completion of a probationary period of study

2 : to cover (a diseased or exposed part of a tooth) with a protective substance

3 : to form a chemical cap on the capped end of a messenger RNA

intransitive verb

: to form or produce a chemical cap

Medical Definition of cap (Entry 3 of 3)

1 capacity

2 capsule

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cap

noun
\ˈkap \

Legal Definition of cap 

: an upper limit a jury found that KAL had committed “willful misconduct,” thus removing the Warsaw Conventionʼs $75,000 cap on damagesDooley v. Korean Air Lines, 524 U.S. 116 (1998)

Other Words from cap

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