What does CAP mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cap(noun)

    a tight-fitting headdress

  2. cap(noun)

    a top (as for a bottle)

  3. detonator, detonating device, cap(noun)

    a mechanical or electrical explosive device or a small amount of explosive; can be used to initiate the reaction of a disrupting explosive

  4. cap(noun)

    something serving as a cover or protection

  5. cap, pileus(noun)

    a fruiting structure resembling an umbrella or a cone that forms the top of a stalked fleshy fungus such as a mushroom

  6. hood, cap(noun)

    a protective covering that is part of a plant

  7. ceiling, roof, cap(noun)

    an upper limit on what is allowed

    "he put a ceiling on the number of women who worked for him"; "there was a roof on salaries"; "they established a cap for prices"

  8. crown, crownwork, jacket, jacket crown, cap(noun)

    (dentistry) dental appliance consisting of an artificial crown for a broken or decayed tooth

    "tomorrow my dentist will fit me for a crown"

  9. capital, chapiter, cap(verb)

    the upper part of a column that supports the entablature

  10. cap, crest(verb)

    lie at the top of

    "Snow capped the mountains"

  11. cap(verb)

    restrict the number or amount of

    "We had to cap the number of people we can accept into our club"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cap(noun)

    a covering for the head

  2. Cap(noun)

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

  3. Cap(noun)

    one of lace, muslin, etc., for women, or infants

  4. Cap(noun)

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

  5. Cap(noun)

    the top, or uppermost part; the chief

  6. Cap(noun)

    a respectful uncovering of the head

  7. Cap(noun)

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

  8. Cap(noun)

    anything resembling a cap in form, position, or use

  9. Cap(noun)

    the uppermost of any assemblage of parts; as, the cap of column, door, etc.; a capital, coping, cornice, lintel, or plate

  10. Cap(noun)

    something covering the top or end of a thing for protection or ornament

  11. Cap(noun)

    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

  12. Cap(noun)

    a percussion cap. See under Percussion

  13. Cap(noun)

    the removable cover of a journal box

  14. Cap(noun)

    a portion of a spherical or other convex surface

  15. Cap(noun)

    a large size of writing paper; as, flat cap; foolscap; legal cap

  16. Cap(verb)

    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

  17. Cap(verb)

    to deprive of cap

  18. Cap(verb)

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

  19. Cap(verb)

    to salute by removing the cap

  20. Cap(verb)

    to match; to mate in contest; to furnish a complement to; as, to cap text; to cap proverbs

  21. Cap(verb)

    to uncover the head respectfully

  22. Origin: [OE. cappe, AS. cppe, 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.]


  1. Cap

    A cap is a form of headgear. Caps have crowns that fit very close to the head and have no brim or only a visor. They are typically designed for warmth and, when including a visor, blocking sunlight from the eyes. They come in many shapes and sizes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cap

    kap, n. a woman's head-dress of muslin, or the like: a boy's head-dress, any kind of unbrimmed covering for the head: a cap-like covering of any kind: a cover: the top.—v.t. to put on a cap, as the official cap of a degree in some colleges: to outdo or surpass: to cover the end or top: to raise the cap in token of respect:—pr.p. cap′ping; pa.p. capped.—n. Cap′-case, a small travelling-case, a chest.—Cap and bells, the characteristic marks of a professional jester; Cap a story, quotation, verse, &c., to follow one up with another, or with its proper continuation or conclusion; Cap in hand, symbolic of reverence or submission; Cap of liberty, or Phrygian bonnet, the conical cap given to a Roman slave on enfranchisement, now the symbol of republicanism; Cap of maintenance (see Maintenance).—A feather in one's cap, something giving distinction: something to be proud of.—Black cap, that put on by the judge before pronouncing sentence of death; College cap, the so-called square mortarboard, or trencher-cap, worn at English colleges.—Percussion cap, a small copper cylinder, closed at one end, for conveniently holding the detonating powder which is exploded by the act of percussion in percussion-arms.—Set one's cap at, of a woman, to set herself to captivate a man's fancy.—The cap fits, the allusion hits or suits; Throw up one's cap, in token of immoderate joy. [A.S. cæppe—Low L. cappa, a cape or cope.]

  2. Cap

    kap, n. a wooden drinking-bowl, with two handles. [Scot., prob. from A.S. copp, a cup; prob. Scand. koppr.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cap

    A strong thick block of wood having two large holes through it, the one square, the other round, used to confine two masts together, when one is erected at the head of the other, in order to lengthen it. The principal caps of a ship are those of the lower masts, which are fitted with a strong eye-bolt on each side, wherein to hook the block by which the top-mast is drawn up through the cap. In the same manner as the top mast slides up through the cap of the lower mast, the topgallant-mast slides up through the cap of the top-masts. When made of iron the cap used to be called a crance.--To cap a mast-head is placing tarpaulin guards against weather. The term is applied to any covering such as lead put over iron bolts to prevent corrosion by sea-water, canvas covers over the ends of rigging, &c. &c. Also, pieces of oak laid on the upper blocks on which a vessel is built, to receive the keel. They are split out for the addition of the false keel, and therefore should be of the most free-grained timber. Also, the coating which guards the top of a quill tube. Also, the percussion priming for fire-arms.--Cap-a-pied, armed from head to foot.

Editors Contribution

  1. cap

    A type of headgear for the head created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles.

    There are wide variety of cap sold today which include sports cap, golf cap, countrywear cap etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 19, 2015  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'CAP' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4582

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'CAP' in Nouns Frequency: #1505

Anagrams for CAP »

  1. APC

  2. PAC

  3. CPA

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of CAP in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of CAP in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of CAP in a Sentence

  1. Famous Proverb:

    Faith in a lord, a cap for the fool.

  2. Dimantha Mathew:

    Bit of foreign buying in big-cap shares helped the market.

  3. Dan Mahr:

    Investor sentiment is much higher as you go up the cap-scale.

  4. Liz Winston:

    When mom found my diaphram, I told her it was a bathing cap for my cat.

  5. Mark Mulholland:

    It wouldn't be outlandish for them to be at a $1 trillion market cap now.

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