—n. 1. a close-fitting covering for the head, usually of soft supple material and having no visor or brim.
2. a brimless head covering with a visor, as a baseball cap.
4. a headdress denoting rank, occupation, religious order, or the like: a nurse's cap. 5. mortarboard (def. 2).
6. Math.the symbol ∩, used to indicate the intersection of two sets. Cf. intersection (def. 3a).
7. anything resembling or suggestive of a covering for the head in shape, use, or position: a cap on a bottle. 8. summit; top; acme.
9. a maximum limit, as one set by law or agreement on prices, wages, spending, etc., during a certain period of time; ceiling: a 9 percent cap on pay increases for this year. 10. Mycol.the pileus of a mushroom.
11. Bot.calyptra (def. 1).
12. Mining.a short, horizontal beam at the top of a prop for supporting part of a roof.
13. a percussion cap.
14. Brit. Sports.a selection for a representative team, usually for a national squad.
15. a noise-making device for toy pistols, made of a small quantity of explosive wrapped in paper or other thin material.
16. Naut.a fitting of metal placed over the head of a spar, as a mast or bowsprit, and having a collar for securing an additional spar.
17. a new tread applied to a worn pneumatic tire.
18. Archit.a capital.
19. Carpentry.a metal plate placed over the iron of a plane to break the shavings as they rise.
20. Fox Hunting.See capping fee. 21. Chiefly Brit. Slang.a contraceptive diaphragm.
22. cap in hand, humbly; in supplication: He went to his father cap in hand and begged his forgiveness. 23. set one's cap for, to pursue as being a potential mate.
—v.t. 1. to provide or cover with or as if with a cap.
2. to complete.
3. follow up with something as good or better; surpass; outdo: to cap one joke with another. 4. to serve as a cap, covering, or top to; overlie.
5. to put a maximum limit on (prices, wages, spending, etc.).
6. Brit. Sports.to select (a player) for a representative team.
—v.i. Fox Hunting.to hunt with a hunting club of which one is not a member, on payment of a capping fee.
—n. 1. a capital letter.
2. Usually, caps. uppercase: Please set the underlined in caps.
—v.t. to write or print in capital letters, or make an initial letter a capital; capitalize.
Pronunciation: (kap),[key] —n.Slang. a capsule, esp. of a narcotic drug.
1. See Civil Air Patrol. 2. Common Agricultural Policy: a coordinated system established in 1960 by the European Economic Community for stabilizing prices of farm products of its member countries.
3. computer-aided publishing.
4. Stock Exchange.convertible adjustable preferred (stock). Also,C.A.P.(for defs. 1, 2, 4).
2. (in prescriptions) let the patient take.
6. capital letter.