cap·​ful | \ ˈkap-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce capful (audio) \

Definition of capful

: as much as a cap will hold

Examples of capful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If their hands get dirty, Martinez washes them in a tub of soap, water and a capful of bleach. Arelis R. Hernández, Washington Post, "‘Am I making the right choice?’," 2 June 2020 Throwing a capful of bleach into the latter will significantly cut down on the bugs that can hang on to plates and utensils washed haphazardly by headlamp. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Our Gear Guy's Foolproof Camp Kitchen Tips," 25 July 2019 In a bucket, combine 4 cups of water with 2 cups of vinegar and ½ capful of laundry detergent. Fox News, "Coffee, tea, wine: How to get rid of common stains," 3 Dec. 2015 First remove dirt with a nylon medium-bristle brush and a capful of Woolite diluted in a bowl of warm water, says Fabrizio. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Your Leather Shoes Last Forever," 19 Apr. 2018 Start out by filling a sink with lukewarm water and a capful of baby shampoo or an equal amount of hair conditioner. Southern Living, "Shrunken Sweater? This Trick Can Save the Day," 6 Feb. 2018 Try this trick to bring your sweaters, cotton T-shirts, and jeans back to their original state: Fill a sink with lukewarm water and a capful of baby shampoo or hair conditioner. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Remember This Trick and Never Throw Out a Shrunken Sweater Again," 5 Feb. 2018 Numerous websites hawk the drug online for as little as $5 a capful; some sellers label it as a window cleaner, fish tank cleaner, or ink remover. Cara Tabachnick, Marie Claire, "The Scary Future of Date-Rape Drugs—and Why Their Perpetrators Are So Hard to Bring to Justice," 20 Oct. 2015 Laundry When your big washing day comes around, toss in a capful of white vinegar. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Almost Everything With Vinegar," 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of capful

1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Capful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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