cap·​ping ˈka-piŋ How to pronounce capping (audio)
: something that caps

Examples of capping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Due to fare capping, daily, weekly or monthly passes will no longer exist. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 1 Apr. 2023 Weight maximums vary among models, with some capping at 220 pounds. Cheryl Fenton, Parents, 29 Sep. 2023 Cash users will not benefit from fare capping as there is no way to track the purchase. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2023 After signing an executive order in April, President Joe Biden proposed capping copays for working-class families whose care is funded by a federal program at no more than 7% of income. Byemma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 13 July 2023 While most hoverboards require riders to weigh a minimum 44 pounds to control them, weight maximums vary among models, with some capping at 130 pounds and others hitting as high as 420 pounds. Cheryl Fenton, Parents, 14 June 2023 Here, the average cost of decommissioning and capping is over $1 million per foot of water, so the roughly 1,600 deepwater wells that are ready to cap would take about $35 billion to decommission. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 8 May 2023 Fare capping will ultimately result in many riders paying less. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 1 Apr. 2023 The Celtics used a 10-0 run to take their first lead since the first quarter, 98-96, with a Horford dunk and ensuing shimmy capping it. Adam Himmelsbach,, 8 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of capping was in the 14th century

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“Capping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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