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cap - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'cap' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Cap [ n.]
- A covering for the head
- One usually with a visor but without a brim, for men and boys
- One of lace, muslin, etc., for women, or infants
- One used as the mark or ensign of some rank, office, or dignity, as that of a cardinal.
- The top, or uppermost part; the chief.
- A respectful uncovering of the head.
- The whole top of the head of a bird from the base of the bill to the nape of the neck.
- Anything resembling a cap in form, position, or use
- The uppermost of any assemblage of parts; as, the cap of column, door, etc.; a capital, coping, cornice, lintel, or plate.
- Something covering the top or end of a thing for protection or ornament.
- 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.
- A percussion cap. See under Percussion.
- The removable cover of a journal box.
- A portion of a spherical or other convex surface.
- A large size of writing paper; as, flat cap; foolscap; legal cap.
2 . Cap [ v. i.]
- To uncover the head respectfully.
3 . Cap [ v. t.]
- 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.
- To deprive of cap.
- To complete; to crown; to bring to the highest point or consummation; as, to cap the climax of absurdity.
- To salute by removing the cap.
- To match; to mate in contest; to furnish a complement to; as, to cap text; to cap proverbs.

Meaning of 'cap' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . cap [ n]
Meaning (1):
- an upper limit on what is allowed
Example in sentence:
  • 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
Meaning (2):
- (dentistry) dental appliance consisting of an artificial crown for a broken or decayed tooth
Example in sentence:
  • tomorrow my dentist will fit me for a crown
3 . cap [ v]
Meaning (3):
- lie at the top of
Example in sentence:
  • Snow capped the mountains
Meaning (4):
- restrict the number or amount of
Example in sentence:
  • We had to cap the number of people we can accept into our club