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Origin of caps.
Words nearby caps.
What does caps mean?
A word written entirely in capital letters (like WHAT) is said to be written in caps or all caps. The adjective uppercase can be used to mean the same thing.
To capitalize a word is to put its first letter in caps—to make it a capital letter.
Some acronyms and abbreviations are written using all caps, such as NASA and U.S.
The key on a keyboard that results in all letters being in caps is called caps lock (or sometimes caps for short).
In informal communications like text messages and online posts, caps is often used for emphasis or to convey excitement or to mimic yelling.
Example: My mom keeps sending my texts in ALL CAPS and I can’t tell if she’s mad at me.
Where does caps come from?
The term caps has been used as a shortened form of capital letters since at least the 1800s. The word capital comes from the Latin capitālis, meaning “concerning the head,” or “chief,” from caput, “head.”
It can be confusing to know whether or not to use a capital letter in certain situations, but a capitalization guide can help.
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What are some synonyms for caps?
What are some words that share a root or word element with caps?
What are some words that often get used in discussing caps?
How is caps used in real life?
Caps is informal. It’s especially used in the phrase all caps. In casual communications, words are sometimes written in caps for emphasis.
— Kyle Berger (@IceBERGer3) August 16, 2019
A first for me: I was invited to review my own article submission today. Is it okay to write back in all caps (with no explanation): WOW, SO GOOD, ACCEPT WITH NO CONDITIONS
— Brian Tuohy (@brian_tuohy) February 8, 2021
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING IN NEWS IS THE MESSAGES I GET IN ALL CAPS FROM MY COLLEAGUES. IS SOMEONE REALLY EXCITED? OR REALLY ANGRY? IN A RUSH?
— Andrew Smith (@AndrewSmithNews) February 7, 2021
Try using caps!
Which of the following words is spelled in all caps?
Example sentences from the Web for caps.
Inside the guild, men in caps and long gowns sit in twos, weaving together in small rooms.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Then Pascal responds (in all caps) with, “BUT WE DIDNT WIN A D [sic] YOU KNOW HIM.”Exclusive: Sony Emails Blast David O. Russell For Allegedly ‘Feeling Up’ Transgender Niece|William Boot|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Available at Amazon Vince Camuto Moto Baseball Cap, $34 Baseball caps may be useful on the road, but they scream “tourist!”The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Anthony Bourdain in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Russia has far grander plans to secure its claims in the north as the permanent ice caps recede.
Russia is also working on new a fleet of ballistic missile submarines, attack submarines to operate under the ice caps.
A machine for making percussion caps was patented by John Abraham in 1864.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
A rumbling sound that did not originate in the thunder caps above jerked Black Hood's attention from the drain.
On their heads they wore tightly fitting white caps, with a long flap hanging down as far as their shoulders.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
When he and Bill finally shed their borrowed overalls and caps, the garage lights were on, and the lot behind the shop was dusky.Cabin Fever|B. M. Bower
She did not make any of those daredevil speeches one generally caps with others more reckless still.Child Life In Town And Country|Anatole France