- The definition of a cap is a covering.
- An example of cap is a baseball hat.
- An example of cap is a soda bottle top.
- Cap is defined as to put a top on something.
An example of cap is to put an artificial crown on a tooth.
A young boy wearing a baseball cap.
cap definition by Webster's New World
- any closefitting head covering, brimless or with only a front visor, and made of wool, cotton, etc., as a baseball cap or overseas cap, or of muslin or lace, as a nurse's or baby's cap
- a special covering for the head, worn as a mark of occupation, rank, academic degree, etc.: a cardinal's cap, fool's cap
- mortarboard (sense )
- a caplike part or thing; cover or top, as the cap-shaped part of a mushroom, a small metal cover for a bottle, the cover over a camera lens or other projecting or end part, a kneecap, an artificial crown for a tooth, a mountain top, or the capital of a column
- percussion cap
- a little paper percussion cap for toy guns ()
- an upper limit set on a budget, cost, etc.; ceiling
Origin: Middle English cappe ; from Old English cæppe and amp; Midieval Latin cappa ; from Late Latin cappa, a cape, hooded cloak
- to put a cap on
- to present ceremonially with a special cap, as at a graduation: to cap a nurse
- to cover the top or end of; form a cap: snow capped the hills
- to do as well as or better than; equal or excel
- to follow with another that is equivalent or better than; match: to cap a quotation
- to bring to a high point, as of interest or excitement; climax
- to set a cap, or upper limit, for
Origin: Classical Latin capsulaPharmacy a capsule
Origin: L capitulumchapter
Origin: L capiatPharmacy take
cap definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A usually soft and close-fitting head covering, either having no brim or with a visor.
- a. A special head covering worn to indicate rank, occupation, or membership in a particular group: a cardinal's cap; a sailor's cap.b. An academic mortarboard. Used especially in the phrase cap and gown.
- a. A protective cover or seal, especially one that closes off an end or a tip: a bottle cap; a 35-millimeter lens cap.b. A crown for covering or sealing a tooth.c. A tread for a worn pneumatic tire.d. A fitted covering used to seal a well or large pipe.e. Chiefly Southern U.S. See eye.
- A summit or top, as of a mountain.
- An upper limit; a ceiling: placed a cap on mortgage rates.
- Architecture The capital of a column.
- Botany a. The top part, or pileus, of a mushroom.b. A calyptra.
- a. A percussion cap.b. A small explosive charge enclosed in paper for use in a toy gun.
- Any of several sizes of writing paper, such as foolscap.
- Sports An appearance by a player in an international soccer game, traditionally rewarded with a hat.
- To cover, protect, or seal with a cap.
- To award a special cap to as a sign of rank or achievement: capped the new women nurses at graduation.
- To lie over or on top of; cover: hills capped with snow.
- To apply the finishing touch to; complete: cap a meal with dessert.
- To follow with something better; surpass or outdo: capped his last trick with a disappearing act that brought the audience to its feet.
- To set an upper limit on: decided to cap cost-of-living increases.
Origin: Middle English cappe, from Old English cǽppe, from Late Latin cappa.
Origin: Shortened form of capital1.
- Capital: venture cap.
- Capitalization: market cap.
cap - Business Definition
- An upper limit on the interest rate or the adjustment to interest rates to be paid on a floating-rate note. A loan may have an annual cap and a lifetime cap.
- See capitalization.
cap - Computer Definition
- Competitive Access Provider.Also known as alternative access vendor (AAV). A company that provides access circuits between an end user enterprise and an interexchange carrier (IXC), or long distance carrier, in competition with the incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC). A CAP is facilities-based and generally offers access services at attractive rates compared to those of the ILEC. See also carrier, ILEC, and IXC.
- Carrierless Amplitude Phase. A non-standard variation of quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), CAP was the early de facto standard modulation technique for asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) modems. CAP was replaced by discrete multitone (DMT) prior to the release of ADSL standards recommendations by the ITU-T. See also ADSL, DMT, ITU-T, modulation, QAM, and standard.
(1) (Competitive Access Provider) An organization that competes with the established telecommunications provider in an area.
(2) (Carrierless Amplitude Phase) A type of ADSL service. See DSL.
(3) (CAMEL Application Part) The protocol used to implement CAMEL functions in the GSM system. CAP is the CAMEL counterpart of the INAP protocol and resides at the same level in the SS7 protocol suite. See INAP and CAMEL.
cap - Investment & Finance Definition
A limit on a price outlined by a contract or other agreement. Adjustable rate mortgages or adjustable rate credit cards often have a cap.
- An upper limit on the interest rate to be paid on a floating-rate note.
- See capitalization.
cap - Medical Definition
cap - Phrases/Idioms
cap in hand
cap the climaxâ
set one's cap for
cap in hand
set (one's) cap for