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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cap
  1. A covering for the head
    1. One usually with a visor but without a brim, for men and boys
    2. One of lace, muslin, etc., for women, or infants
    3. One used as the mark or ensign of some rank, office, or dignity, as that of a cardinal.
  2. The top, or uppermost part; the chief."Thou art the cap of all the fools alive." [Shak.]
  3. A respectful uncovering of the head."He that will give a cap and make a leg in thanks." [Fuller.]
  4. [Zoöl] The whole top of the head of a bird from the base of the bill to the nape of the neck.
  5. Anything resembling a cap in form, position, or use
    1. [Arch]
      The uppermost of any assemblage of parts; as, the cap of column, door, etc.; a capital, coping, cornice, lintel, or plate.
    2. Something covering the top or end of a thing for protection or ornament.
    3. [Naut]
      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.
    4. A percussion cap. See under Percussion.
    5. [Mech]
      The removable cover of a journal box.
    6. [Geom]
      A portion of a spherical or other convex surface.
  6. A large size of writing paper; as, flat cap; fools cap; legal cap .

Etymology: OE. cappe, AS. cæppe, cap, cape, hood, fr. LL, cappa capa; perhaps of Iberian origin, as Isidorus of Seville mentions it first: “Capa, quia quasi totum capiat hominem; it. capitis ornamentum.” See 3d Cape, and cf. 1st Cope

verb Cap
  1. 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."The bones next the joint are capped with a smooth cartilaginous substance." [Derham.]
  2. To deprive of cap.(Obs)
  3. To complete; to crown; to bring to the highest point or consummation; as, to cap the climax of absurdity.
  4. To salute by removing the cap.(Slang. Eng)"Tom . . . capped the proctor with the profoundest of bows." [Thackeray.]
  5. To match; to mate in contest; to furnish a complement to; as, to cap text; to cap proverbs."Now I have him under girdle I'll cap verses with him to the end of the chapter." [Dryden.]

Note: ☞ In capping verses, when one quotes a verse another must cap it by quoting one beginning with the last letter of the first letter, or with the first letter of the last word, or ending with a rhyming word, or by applying any other arbitrary rule may be agreed upon.

verb Cap
To uncover the head respectfully.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A tight-fitting headdress
  2. A top (as for a bottle)
  3. Something serving as a cover or protection
  4. The upper part of a column that supports the entablature
  5. (dentistry) dental appliance consisting of an artificial crown for a broken or decayed tooth
  6. A mechanical or electrical explosive device or a small amount of explosive; can be used to initiate the reaction of a disrupting explosive
  7. An upper limit on what is allowed ("they established a cap for prices")
  8. A protective covering that is part of a plant
  9. A fruiting structure resembling an umbrella or a cone that forms the top of a stalked fleshy fungus such as a mushroom
  10. Restrict the number or amount of ("We had to cap the number of people we can accept into our club")
  11. Lie at the top of ("Snow capped the mountains")

Notable Persons Named Cap

Cap Anson was a baseball player. Cap was born on April 17th, 1852 in Marshalltown, Iowa. He breathed his last breath on April 14th, 1922.


Cap Raeder is a soccer player. He was most prominent from 1975 to 1980. Cap was born on October 8th, 1953 in Needham, Massachusetts.


Cap was born on September 10th, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri.


Cap was born on June 11th, 1901. Cap is also known as Kap. He left this life on February 12th, 1978.


Cap Tilles was a former president of the delmar investment company, co-founder and former president of the cella, adler, tilles partnership, founder of louis tilles park and rosalie tilles park, founder of the tilles foundation, tilles park, and former president of thedel. Cap was born on November 25th, 1865 in St. Louis. Cap is also known as Tilles and Cap. He left this life on November 22nd, 1951.


Cap Edwards was a football player. Cap was born on September 5th, 1888 in South Bend, Indiana. He died on November 23rd, 1944.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Cap

Bobby Jose Kattikad OFM Cap is a priesthood (catholic church). Bobby was born on September 17th, 1968.


Vladislao Cap was a soccer player for the Arsenal de Llavallol, Quilmes Atlético Club, Racing Club de Avellaneda, Club Atlético Huracán, Club Atlético River Plate, Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield, and Argentina national football team. Vladislao was born on July 5th, 1934 in Avellaneda. He breathed his last breath on September 14th, 1982.


František Čáp was a film director and screenwriter. He was most prominent from 1939 to 1948. František was born on December 7th, 1913 in Čelákovice. He died on January 12th, 1972.


Tomáš Čáp is a soccer player for the SK Hranice, FK Jablonec, FK Mladá Boleslav, SK Kladno, FC Kärnten, MFK Vítkovice, and FK Senica. Tomáš was born on November 21st, 1978 in Hranice (Přerov District).


Fr. was given the name Michael on January 1st, 1916 in Chirakkadavu, Kanjirappally, Kottayam, Kerala, India. He left this life on March 12th, 1987.


Vladimír Čáp is a soccer player for the Śląsk Wrocław, FC Baník Ostrava, MFK Frýdek-Místek, FK Drnovice, FK Příbram, SK Dynamo České Budějovice, Zagłębie Lubin, and SFC Opava. Vladimír was born on March 20th, 1976 in Ostrava.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cap U.S.
  White 82.08% 64.26%
  African American 1.85% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 11.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cap

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Fun Facts about the name Cap

  • How Popular is the name Cap? Cap is the 37,954th most popular name of all time. As a last name Cap was the 27,783rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cap have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 91 babies born with the first name Cap in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cap to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cap? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Cap first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cap is Monday, February 21st, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Cap born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cap was in 1885 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Cap: Your name in reverse order is Pac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cap. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cap? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 865 people with the last name Cap.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cap? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Cap as their last name since less than 1 person in 345k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.