• (n.) A covering for the head
• (n.) One usually with a visor but without a brim, for men and boys
• (n.) One of lace, muslin, etc., for women, or infants
• (n.) One used as the mark or ensign of some rank, office, or
dignity, as that of a cardinal.
• (n.) The top, or uppermost part; the chief.
• (n.) A respectful uncovering of the head.
• (n.) The whole top of the head of a bird from the base of the bill
to the nape of the neck.
• (n.) Anything resembling a cap in form, position, or use
• (n.) The uppermost of any assemblage of parts; as, the cap of
column, door, etc.; a capital, coping, cornice, lintel, or plate.
• (n.) Something covering the top or end of a thing for protection or
• (n.) A collar of iron or wood used in joining spars, as the mast
and the topmast, the bowsprit and the jib boom; also, a covering of
tarred canvas at the end of a rope.
• (n.) A percussion cap. See under Percussion.
• (n.) The removable cover of a journal box.
• (n.) A portion of a spherical or other convex surface.
• (n.) A large size of writing paper; as, flat cap; foolscap; legal
• (v. t.) To cover with a cap, or as with a cap; to provide with a
cap or cover; to cover the top or end of; to place a cap upon the
proper part of; as, to cap a post; to cap a gun.
• (v. t.) To deprive of cap.
• (v. t.) To complete; to crown; to bring to the highest point or
consummation; as, to cap the climax of absurdity.
• (v. t.) To salute by removing the cap.
• (v. t.) To match; to mate in contest; to furnish a complement to;
as, to cap text; to cap proverbs.
• (v. i.) To uncover the head respectfully.