[ kap ]
/ kæp /
a close-fitting covering for the head, usually of soft supple material and having no visor or brim.
a brimless head covering with a visor, as a baseball cap.
a headdress denoting rank, occupation, religious order, or the like: a nurse's cap.
Mathematics. the symbol ∩, used to indicate the intersection of two sets.Compare intersection(def 3a).
anything resembling or suggestive of a covering for the head in shape, use, or position: a cap on a bottle.
summit; top; acme.
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.
Mycology. the pileus of a mushroom.
Botany. calyptra(def 1).
Mining. a short, horizontal beam at the top of a prop for supporting part of a roof.
British Sports. a selection for a representative team, usually for a national squad.
a noise-making device for toy pistols, made of a small quantity of explosive wrapped in paper or other thin material.
Nautical. 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.
a new tread applied to a worn pneumatic tire.
Architecture. a capital.
Carpentry. a metal plate placed over the iron of a plane to break the shavings as they rise.
Fox Hunting. capping fee.
Chiefly British Slang. a contraceptive diaphragm.
verb (used with object), capped, cap·ping.
to provide or cover with or as if with a cap.
follow up with something as good or better; surpass; outdo: to cap one joke with another.
to serve as a cap, covering, or top to; overlie.
to put a maximum limit on (prices, wages, spending, etc.).
British Sports. to select (a player) for a representative team.
verb (used without object), capped, cap·ping.
Fox Hunting. to hunt with a hunting club of which one is not a member, on payment of a capping fee.
cap in hand, humbly; in supplication: He went to his father cap in hand and begged his forgiveness.
set one's cap for, to pursue as being a potential mate.
Origin of cap1
before 1000; Middle English cappe, Old English cæppe < Late Latin cappa hooded cloak, cap; cf. cape1
Related formscap·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cap in hand (1 of 2)
/ (kæp) /
a covering for the head, esp a small close-fitting one made of cloth or knitted
such a covering serving to identify the wearer's rank, occupation, etca nurse's cap
something that protects or covers, esp a small lid or coverlens cap
an uppermost surface or partthe cap of a wave
- See percussion cap
- a small amount of explosive enclosed in paper and used in a toy gun
sport, mainly British
- an emblematic hat or beret given to someone chosen for a representative teamhe has won three England caps
- a player chosen for such a team
the upper part of a pedestal in a classical order
the roof of a windmill, sometimes in the form of a dome
botany the pileus of a mushroom or toadstool
- money contributed to the funds of a hunt by a follower who is neither a subscriber nor a farmer, in return for a day's hunting
- a collection taken at a meet of hounds, esp for a charity
- the natural enamel covering a tooth
- an artificial protective covering for a tooth
an upper financial limit
a mortarboard when worn with a gown at an academic ceremony (esp in the phrase cap and gown)
- the cloud covering the peak of a mountain
- the transient top of detached clouds above an increasing cumulus
cap in hand humbly, as when asking a favour
if the cap fits British the allusion or criticism seems to be appropriate to a particular person
set one's cap for or set one's cap at (of a woman) to be determined to win as a husband or lover
verb caps, capping or capped (tr)
to cover, as with a capsnow capped the mountain tops
informal to outdo; excelyour story caps them all; to cap an anecdote
to cap it all to provide the finishing touchwe had sun, surf, cheap wine, and to cap it all a free car
sport, British to select (a player) for a representative teamhe was capped 30 times by Scotland
to seal off (an oil or gas well)
to impose an upper limit on the level of increase of (a tax, such as the council tax)rate-capping
hunting to ask (hunt followers) for a cap
mainly Scot and NZ to award a degree to
Derived Formscapper, noun
Word Origin for cap
Old English cæppe, from Late Latin cappa hood, perhaps from Latin caput head
British Dictionary definitions for cap in hand (2 of 2)
Common Agricultural Policy: (in the EU) the system for supporting farm incomes by maintaining agricultural prices at agreed levels
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Medicine definitions for cap in hand (1 of 2)
[ kăp ]
A protective cover or seal, especially one that closes off an end or a tip and that resembles a close-fitting head covering.
Medicine definitions for cap in hand (2 of 2)
catabolite gene activator protein
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Idioms and Phrases with cap in hand (1 of 2)
cap in hand
see under hat in hand.
Idioms and Phrases with cap in hand (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with cap
- cap and gown
- cap in hand
- cap it all
- feather in one's cap
- hat (cap) in hand
- if the shoe (cap) fits, wear it
- put on one's thinking cap
- set one's cap for
Also see underhat.
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