Cap. n.s. [cap, Welch; cæpp, Sax. cappe, Germ. cappe, Fr. cappa, Ital. capa, Span. kappe, Dan. and Dutch; caput, a head, Latin.]
- The garment that covers the head.
Here is the cap your worship did bespeak. —
Why, this was moulded on a porringer,
A velvet dish. Shakesp. Taming the Shrew.
I have ever held my cap off to thy fortune. —
— Thou hast serv'd me with much faith. Shakesp.
First, lolling, sloth in woollen cap,
Taking her after-dinner nap. Swift.
The cap, the whip, the masculine attire,
For which they roughen to the sense. Thomson's Autumn.
- The ensign of the cardinalate.
Henry the fifth did sometimes prophesy,
If once he came to be a cardinal,
He'd make his cap coequal with the crown. Shakesp. H. VI.
- The topmost; the highest.
Thou art the cap of all the fools alive. Shakesp. Timon.
- A reverence made by uncovering the head.
They more and less, came in with cap and knee,
Met him in boroughs, cities, villages. Shakesp. Henry IV.
Should the want of a cap or a cringe so mortally discompose him, as we find afterwards it did. L'Estrange.
- A vessel made like a cap.
It is observed, that a barrel or cap, whose cavity will contain eight cubical feet of air, will not serve a diver above a quarter of an hour. Wilkins.
- Cap of a great gun. A piece of lead laid over the touch-hole, to preserve the prime.
- Cap of maintenance. One of the regalia carried before the king at the coronation.