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cap 1

 (kăp)
n.
1. A usually soft and close-fitting head covering, either having no brim or with a visor.
2.
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.
3.
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 truck cap.
d. A tread for a worn pneumatic tire.
e. A fitted covering used to seal a well or large pipe.
f. Chiefly Southern US See eye.
4. A summit or top, as of a mountain.
5. An upper limit; a ceiling: placed a cap on mortgage rates.
6. Architecture The capital of a column.
7. Botany
a. The top part, or pileus, of a mushroom.
b. A calyptra.
8.
a. A percussion cap.
b. A small explosive charge enclosed in paper for use in a toy gun.
9. Any of several sizes of writing paper, such as foolscap.
10. Sports An appearance by a player in an international soccer game, traditionally rewarded with a hat.
tr.v. capped, cap·ping, caps
1. To cover, protect, or seal with a cap.
2. To award a special cap to as a sign of rank or achievement: capped the new women nurses at graduation.
3. To lie over or on top of; cover: hills capped with snow.
4. To apply the finishing touch to; complete: cap a meal with dessert.
5. To follow with something better; surpass or outdo: capped his last trick with a disappearing act that brought the audience to its feet.
6. To set an upper limit on: decided to cap cost-of-living increases.
Idioms:
cap in hand
Humbly or submissively.
set (one's) cap for
To attempt to attract and win as a mate.

[Middle English cappe, from Old English cæppe, from Late Latin cappa.]

cap 2

 (kăp) Informal
n.
A capital letter.
tr.v. capped, cap·ping, caps
To capitalize.

[Shortened form of capital.]

cap 3

n. Informal
1. Capital: venture cap.
2. Capitalization: market cap.

CAP

abbr.
1. Civil Air Patrol
2. combat air patrol

capping

A solid crust-like layer that forms on the surface of compacted soil, often caused by heavy rain.
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References in classic literature ?
All Beale's drawings of this whale are good, excepting the middle figure in the picture of three whales in various attitudes, capping his second chapter.
To his memory came back those lines in which Jessica and Lorenzo murmur melodious words to one another, capping each other's utterance; but passion shines bright and clear through the conceits that amuse them.
On a colossal pedestal, the cliff, - motionless at the extreme edge of the capping rock and sharply outlined against the sky, - was an equestrian statue of impressive dignity.