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[kap-foo l] /ˈkæp fʊl/
noun, plural capfuls.
the amount that a cap will hold.
Origin of capful
First recorded in 1710-20; cap1 + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Waif was no poppycock yacht, built to dodge about the Solent and run for Cowes if the wind blew a capful.

    The White Waterfall James Francis Dwyer
  • At an early period of his existence he broke a capful of eggs.

  • If we only had but a capful of wind,” said the captain to the first lieutenant, “but I see no appearance of it.

    Percival Keene Frederick Marryat
  • Whenever there is a capful of wind, and the water is a bit rough, I am sick as a dog.

    An Old English Home S. Baring-Gould
  • We should have left Whitestone right away, but the wind had died out and there wasn't a capful of air stirring.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
  • Did you ever see so many halyards snap in your life, and in just a capful of wind?

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove James A. Cooper
  • Counter-jumpers and land-lubbers funk a capful of wind mightily.

  • He declared that it was a mere "capful of wind," and would be all the better for the purpose.

    Frank's Campaign Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • But the news from Orkney, Bryce, instead of croaking about a capful of wind?

    The Pirate Sir Walter Scott
  • The bishop thought the capful of wind was an Atlantic storm, and worried the captain by asking constantly if there was danger.

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