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1 [kap]
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.
mortarboard ( def 2 ).
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, capping.
to provide or cover with or as if with a cap.
to complete.
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, capping.
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.

before 1000; Middle English cappe, Old English cæppe < Late Latin cappa hooded cloak, cap; cf. cape

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cap (kæp)
1.  a covering for the head, esp a small close-fitting one made of cloth or knitted
2.  such a covering serving to identify the wearer's rank, occupation, etc: a nurse's cap
3.  something that protects or covers, esp a small lid or cover: lens cap
4.  an uppermost surface or part: the cap of a wave
5.  a.  See percussion cap
 b.  a small amount of explosive enclosed in paper and used in a toy gun
6.  chiefly (Brit) sport
 a.  an emblematic hat or beret given to someone chosen for a representative team: he has won three England caps
 b.  a player chosen for such a team
7.  the upper part of a pedestal in a classical order
8.  the roof of a windmill, sometimes in the form of a dome
9.  botany the pileus of a mushroom or toadstool
10.  hunting
 a.  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
 b.  a collection taken at a meet of hounds, esp for a charity
11.  anatomy
 a.  the natural enamel covering a tooth
 b.  an artificial protective covering for a tooth
12.  See Dutch cap
13.  an upper financial limit
14.  a mortarboard when worn with a gown at an academic ceremony (esp in the phrase cap and gown)
15.  meteorol
 a.  the cloud covering the peak of a mountain
 b.  the transient top of detached clouds above an increasing cumulus
16.  cap in hand humbly, as when asking a favour
17.  (Brit) if the cap fits the allusion or criticism seems to be appropriate to a particular person
18.  set one's cap for, set one's cap at (of a woman) to be determined to win as a husband or lover
vb , caps, capping, capped
19.  to cover, as with a cap: snow capped the mountain tops
20.  informal to outdo; excel: your story caps them all; to cap an anecdote
21.  to cap it all to provide the finishing touch: we had sun, surf, cheap wine, and to cap it all a free car
22.  (Brit) sport to select (a player) for a representative team: he was capped 30 times by Scotland
23.  to seal off (an oil or gas well)
24.  to impose an upper limit on the level of increase of (a tax, such as the council tax): rate-capping
25.  hunting to ask (hunt followers) for a cap
26.  chiefly (Scot), (NZ) to award a degree to
[Old English cæppe, from Late Latin cappa hood, perhaps from Latin caput head]

abbreviation for
Common Agricultural Policy: (in the EU) the system for supporting farm incomes by maintaining agricultural prices at agreed levels

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O.E. cæppe "hood, head-covering," from L.L. cappa "a cape, hooded cloak," possibly shortened from capitulare "headdress," from L. caput "head" (see head). Meaning "women's head covering" is early 13c. in English; extended to men late 14c. Of cap-like coverings on the
ends of anything (e.g. hub-cap) from mid-15c. Meaning "contraceptive device" is first recorded 1916. "Cap-shaped piece of copper lined with gunpowder and used to ignite a gun" is c.1826; extended to paper version used in toy pistols, 1872. The L.L. word apparently originally meant "a woman's head-covering," but the sense transferred to "hood of a cloak," then to "cloak" itself, though the various senses co-existed. O.E. took in two forms of the L.L. word, one meaning "head-covering," the other "ecclesiastical dress" (see cape (1)). In most Romance languages, a dim. of L.L. cappa has become the usual word for "head-covering" (cf. Fr. chapeau).
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Medical Dictionary

cap (kāp)
A protective cover or seal, especially one that closes off an end or a tip and that resembles a close-fitting head covering.

CAP abbr.
catabolite gene activator protein

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. Capricorn

  2. Capricornus (constellation)

  3. Civil Air Patrol

  4. carcinoma of prostate

  5. community-acquired pneumonia

  6. computer-aided publishing

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