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# Cap vs. Cup

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Capnoun

A close-fitting hat, either brimless or peaked.

‘The children were all wearing caps to protect them from the sun.’;

Cupnoun

A concave vessel for drinking from, usually made of opaque material (as opposed to a glass) and with a handle.

‘Pour the tea into the cup.’;

Capnoun

A special hat to indicate rank, occupation etc.

Cupnoun

The contents of said vessel; a cupful.

‘I drank two cups of water but still felt thirsty.’;

Capnoun

Cupnoun

A customary unit of measure

Capnoun

A protective cover or seal

‘He took the cap off the bottle and splashed himself with some cologne.’;

Cupnoun

(US) A US unit of liquid measure equal to 8 fluid ounces (1/16 of a US gallon; 236.5882365 mL) or 240 mL.

Capnoun

A crown for covering a tooth

‘He had golden caps on his teeth.’;

Cupnoun

(Canada) A Canadian unit of measure equal to 8 imperial ounces (1/20 imperial gallon; 227.3 mL) or 250 mL.

Capnoun

The summit of a mountain etc.

‘There was snow on the cap of the mountain.’;

Cupnoun

A British unit of measure equal to 0.5 imperial pints (10 imperial ounces; 284 mL) or 300mL.

Capnoun

An artificial upper limit or ceiling

‘We should put a cap on the salaries, to keep them under control.’;

Cupnoun

A trophy in the shape of an oversized cup.

‘The World Cup is awarded to the winner of a quadrennial football tournament.’;

Capnoun

The top part of a mushroom

Cupnoun

A contest for which a cup is awarded.

‘The World Cup is the world's most widely watched sporting event.’;

Capnoun

A small amount of gunpowder in a paper strip or plastic cup for use in a toy gun

‘Billy spent all morning firing caps with his friends, re-enacting storming the beach at Normandy.’;

Cupnoun

(association football) The main knockout tournament in a country, organised alongside the league.

Capnoun

A small explosive device used to detonate a larger charge of explosives

‘He wired the cap to the bundle of dynamite, then detonated it remotely.’;

Cupnoun

(golf) A cup-shaped object placed in the target hole.

‘The ball just misses the cup.’;

Capnoun

(slang) A bullet used to shoot someone.

Cupnoun

(in combination) Any of various sweetened alcoholic drinks.

‘cider cup; gin cup; claret cup’;

Capnoun

(soccer) An international appearance

‘Rio Ferdinand won his 50th cap for England in a game against Sweden.’;

Cupnoun

A rigid concave protective covering for the male genitalia. (for UK usage see box)

‘Players of contact sports are advised to wear a cup.’;

Capnoun

(obsolete) The top, or uppermost part; the chief.

Cupnoun

One of the two parts of a brassiere which each cover a breast, used as a measurement of size.

‘The cups are made of a particularly uncomfortable material.’;

Capnoun

(obsolete) A respectful uncovering of the head.

Cupnoun

(mathematics) The symbol $\cup$ denoting union and similar operations (confer cap).

Capnoun

(zoology) The whole top of the head of a bird from the base of the bill to the nape of the neck.

Cupnoun

A suit of the minor arcana in tarot, or one of the cards from the suit.

Capnoun

(architecture) The uppermost of any assemblage of parts.

‘the cap of column, door, etc.; a capital, coping, cornice, lintel, or plate’;

Cupnoun

(ultimate frisbee) A defensive style characterized by a three player near defense cupping the thrower; or those three players.

Capnoun

Something covering the top or end of a thing for protection or ornament.

Cupnoun

A flexible concave membrane used to temporarily attach a handle or hook to a flat surface by means of suction (suction cup).

Capnoun

(nautical) 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.

Cupnoun

Anything shaped like a cup.

‘the cup of an acorn’;

Capnoun

(geometry) A portion of a spherical or other convex surface.

Cupnoun

A cupping glass or other vessel or instrument used to produce the vacuum in cupping.

Capnoun

A large size of writing paper.

‘flat cap; foolscap; legal cap’;

Cupnoun

That which is to be received or indured; that which is allotted to one; a portion.

Capnoun

(finance) Capitalization.

Cupverb

(transitive) To form into the shape of a cup, particularly of the hands.

‘Cup your hands and I'll pour some rice into them.’;

Capnoun

(informal) An uppercase letter.

Cupverb

(transitive) To hold something in cupped hands.

‘He cupped the ball carefully in his hands.’;

Capnoun

(electronics) capacitor

‘Parasitic caps.’;

Cupverb

To supply with cups of wine.

Capnoun

(colloquial) A recording or screenshot.

‘Anyone have a cap of the games last night?’;

Cupverb

To apply a cupping apparatus to; to subject to the operation of cupping.

Capverb

(transitive) To cover or seal with a cap

Cupverb

To make concave or in the form of a cup.

‘to cup the end of a screw’;

Capverb

(transitive) To award a cap as a mark of distinction etc.

Cupnoun

A small vessel, used commonly to drink from; as, a tin cup, a silver cup, a wine cup; especially, in modern times, the pottery or porcelain vessel, commonly with a handle, used with a saucer in drinking tea, coffee, and the like.

Capverb

(transitive) To lie over or on top of something

Cupnoun

The contents of such a vessel; a cupful.

‘Give me a cup of sack, boy.’;

Capverb

(transitive) To surpass or outdo

Cupnoun

Repeated potations; social or excessive indulgence in intoxicating drinks; revelry.

‘Thence from cups to civil broils.’;

Capverb

(transitive) To set an upper limit on something

‘cap wages.’;

Cupnoun

That which is to be received or indured; that which is allotted to one; a portion.

‘O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.’;

Capverb

(transitive) To make something even more wonderful at the end.

‘That really capped my day.’;

Cupnoun

Anything shaped like a cup; as, the cup of an acorn, or of a flower.

‘The cowslip's golden cup no more I see.’;

Capverb

To select a player to play for a specified side

Cupnoun

A cupping glass or other vessel or instrument used to produce the vacuum in cupping.

Capverb

To shoot (someone) with a firearm.

‘If he don't get outta my hood, I'm gonna cap his ass.’;

Cupverb

To supply with cups of wine.

‘Cup us, till the world go round.’;

Capverb

to select to play for the national team.

‘Peter Shilton is the most capped English footballer.’;

Cupverb

To apply a cupping apparatus to; to subject to the operation of cupping. See Cupping.

Capverb

Cupverb

To make concave or in the form of a cup; as, to cup the end of a screw.

Capverb

To deprive of a cap.

Cupnoun

a United States liquid unit equal to 8 fluid ounces

Capverb

To convert text to uppercase.

Cupnoun

the quantity a cup will hold;

‘he drank a cup of coffee’; ‘he borrowed a cup of sugar’;

Capverb

(transitive) To take a screenshot or to record a copy of a video.

Cupnoun

a small open container usually used for drinking; usually has a handle;

‘he put the cup back in the saucer’; ‘the handle of the cup was missing’;

Capnoun

Cupnoun

a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition;

‘the school kept the cups is a special glass case’;

Capnoun

The top, or uppermost part; the chief.

‘Thou art the cap of all the fools alive.’;

Cupnoun

any cup-shaped concavity;

‘bees filled the waxen cups with honey’; ‘he wore a jock strap with a metal cup’; ‘the cup of her bra’;

Capnoun

A respectful uncovering of the head.

‘He that will give a cap and make a leg in thanks.’;

Cupnoun

the hole (or metal container in the hole) on a golf green;

‘he swore as the ball rimmed the cup and rolled away’; ‘put the flag back in the cup’;

Capnoun

The whole top of the head of a bird from the base of the bill to the nape of the neck.

Cupnoun

a punch served in a pitcher instead of a punch bowl

Capnoun

Anything resembling a cap in form, position, or use

Cupnoun

cup-shaped plant organ

Capnoun

A large size of writing paper; as, flat cap; foolscap; legal cap.

Cupverb

form into the shape of a cup;

‘She cupped her hands’;

Capverb

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.’;

Cupverb

put into a cup;

‘cup the milk’;

Capverb

To deprive of cap.

Cupverb

treat by applying evacuated cups to the patient's skin

Capverb

To complete; to crown; to bring to the highest point or consummation; as, to cap the climax of absurdity.

Cupnoun

a small bowl-shaped container for drinking from, typically having a handle.

Capverb

To salute by removing the cap.

‘Tom . . . capped the proctor with the profoundest of bows.’;

Cupnoun

the contents of a cup

‘a cup of tea’;

Capverb

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.’;

Cupnoun

a measure of capacity used in cooking, equal to half a US pint (0.237 litre)

‘a cup of butter’;

Capverb

Cupnoun

(in church use) a chalice used at the Eucharist

‘Latin was replaced by the vernacular, and the cup was offered to the laity’;

Capnoun

Cupnoun

one of the suits in a tarot pack.

Capnoun

a top (as for a bottle)

Cupnoun

an ornamental trophy in the form of a cup, usually made of gold or silver and having a stem and two handles, awarded as a prize in a sports contest.

Capnoun

a mechanical or electrical explosive device or a small amount of explosive; can be used to initiate the reaction of a disrupting explosive

Cupnoun

a contest in which the winners are awarded a cup

‘playing in the Cup is the best thing ever’;

Capnoun

something serving as a cover or protection

Cupnoun

a cup-shaped thing.

Capnoun

a fruiting structure resembling an umbrella that forms the top of a stalked fleshy fungus such as a mushroom

Cupnoun

either of the two parts of a bra shaped to contain or support one breast

‘she had grown from an A to a C cup in just six months’;

Capnoun

an upper limit on what is allowed;

‘they established a cap for prices’;

Cupnoun

the hole on a putting green, or the metal container in it

‘the ball bounced out of the cup’;

Capnoun

dental appliance consisting of an artificial crown for a tooth

Cupnoun

a mixed drink made from fruit juices and typically containing wine or cider

‘the bars offered large glasses of white wine cup’; ‘a non-alcoholic fruit cup’;

Capnoun

the upper part of a column that supports the entablature

Cupverb

form (one's hand or hands) into the curved shape of a cup

‘‘Hey!’ Dad shouted, with his hands cupped around his mouth’;

Capverb

lie at the top of;

‘Snow capped the mountains’;

Cupverb

place the curved hand or hands around

‘he cupped her face in his hands’;

Capverb

restrict the number or amount of;

‘We had to cap the number of people we can accept into our club’;

Cupverb

bleed (someone) by using a glass in which a partial vacuum is formed by heating

‘Dr Ross ordered me to be cupped’;

Capnoun

a kind of soft, flat hat without a brim and typically with a peak

‘a man wearing a raincoat and a flat cap’; ‘her cap of dark hair’;

Cup

A cup is an open-top container used to hold liquids for pouring or drinking; while mainly used for drinking, it also can be used to store solids for pouring (e.g., sugar, flour, grains). Cups may be made of glass, metal, china, clay, wood, stone, polystyrene, plastic, aluminium or other materials, and are usually fixed with a stem, handles, or other adornments.

Capnoun

a kind of soft, close-fitting head covering worn for a particular purpose

‘a bathing cap’; ‘a shower cap’;

Capnoun

a cap awarded as a sign of membership of a particular sports team, especially a national team

‘he has won three caps for Scotland’;

Capnoun

a player to whom a cap is awarded

‘a former naval officer and rugby cap’;

Capnoun

‘school-leavers in cap and gown’;

Capnoun

the top of a bird's head when distinctively coloured.

Capnoun

a protective lid or cover for an object such as a bottle, the point of a pen, or a camera lens

‘a glass bottle with a screw cap’; ‘a lens cap from a camera’;

Capnoun

an artificial protective covering for a tooth.

Capnoun

an upper limit imposed on spending or borrowing

‘he raised the cap on local authority spending’;

Capnoun

a contraceptive diaphragm.

Capnoun

the broad upper part of the fruiting body of most mushrooms and toadstools, at the top of a stem and bearing gills or pores.

Capnoun

short for percussion cap

Capnoun

short for capitalization

‘small-cap stocks’; ‘mid-cap companies’;

Capverb

put a lid or cover on

‘he capped his pen’;

Capverb

form a covering layer or topmost part of

‘snow-capped mountains’;

Capverb

put an artificial protective covering on (a tooth)

‘his smile revealed perfectly capped teeth’;

Capverb

provide a fitting climax or conclusion to

‘he capped a memorable season by becoming champion of champions’;

Capverb

follow or reply to (a story, remark, or joke) by producing a better one

‘he prayed no wit would cap his remark with some repartee’;

Capverb

place a limit or restriction on (prices, expenditure, or borrowing)

‘council budgets will be capped’;

Capverb

be chosen as a member of a particular sports team, especially a national one

‘he was capped ten times by England’;

Capverb

confer a university degree on.

Cap

A cap is a kind of soft and flat headgear, usually with a visor. Caps have crowns that fit very close to the head.