Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Caplin, Capling noun The cap or coupling of a flail, through which the thongs pass which connect the handle and swingel. Wright.
Capnomancy noun [ Greek ... smoke + mancy : confer French capnomancie .] Divination by means of the ascent or motion of smoke.
Capnomor noun [ Greek ... smoke + ..., equiv. to ... part.] (Chemistry) A limpid, colorless oil with a peculiar odor, obtained from beech tar. Watts.
Capo tasto [ Italian capotasto .] (Music) A sort of bar or movable nut, attached to the finger board of a guitar or other fretted instrument for the purpose of raising uniformly the pitch of all the strings.
Capoc noun [ Malay kāpoq .] A sort of cotton so short and fine that it can not be spun, used in the East Indies to line palanquins, to make mattresses, etc.
; plural Capoches
. [ Confer Spanish capucho
, Italian cappucio
, French Capuce
, Late Latin caputium
, from capa
cloak. See Cap
.] A hood; especially, the hood attached to the gown of a monk.
Capoch transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Capoched
.] To cover with, or as with, a hood; hence, to hoodwink or blind. Hudibras.
kā"pŭn; 277) noun
[ Middle English capon
, Anglo-Saxon capūn
(cf. French chapon
), Latin capo
, from Greek ka`pwn
akin to ko`ptein
to cut, OSlav. skopiti
to castrate. Confer Comma
.] A castrated cock, esp. when fattened; a male chicken gelded to improve his flesh for the table. Shak.
The merry thought of a capon .
Capon transitive verb To castrate; to make a capon of.
Caponet noun A young capon. [ R.] Chapman.
[ French caponnière
, from Spanish caponera
, orig., a cage for fattening capons, hence, a place of refuge; confer Italian capponiera
. See Capon
.] (Fort.) A work made across or in the ditch, to protect it from the enemy, or to serve as a covered passageway.
Caponize transitive verb To castrate, as a fowl.
[ Spanish See Corporal
] One who directs work; an overseer.
[ Spanish Amer.]
Capot noun [ French] A winning of all the tricks at the game of piquet. It counts for forty points. Hoyle.
Capot transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Capotted
.] To win all the tricks from, in playing at piquet.
[ Spanish capote
(cf. French capote
.), from Late Latin capa
cape, cloak. See Cap
.] A long cloak or overcoat, especially one with a hood.
Capouch noun & transitive verb Same as Capoch .
Cappadine noun A floss or waste obtained from the cocoon after the silk has been reeled off, used for shag.
Cappaper See cap , noun , also Paper , noun
Cappeak noun The front piece of a cap; -- now more commonly called visor .
1. One whose business is to make or sell caps. 2. A by-bidder; a decoy for gamblers. [ Slang, U. S.] 3. An instrument for applying a percussion cap to a gun or cartridge.
Capping plane (Join.) A plane used for working the upper surface of staircase rails.
Capra noun [ Latin , a she goat.] (Zoology) A genus of ruminants, including the common goat.
Caprate noun (Chemistry) A salt of capric acid.
Capreolate adjective [ Latin capreolus wild goat, tendril, from caper goat: confer French capréolé .] (Botany) Having a tendril or tendrils.
Capreoline adjective [ Latin capreolus wild goat, from caper goat.] (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the roebuck.
Capri noun Wine produced on the island of Capri, commonly a light, dry, white wine.
Capric adjective [ Latin caper goat.] (Chemistry) Of or pertaining to capric acid or its derivatives. Capric acid , C 9 H 19 .CO 2 H, Caprylic acid , C 7 H 15 .CO 2 H, and Caproic acid , C 5 H 11 .CO 2 H, are fatty acids occurring in small quantities in butter, cocoanut oil, etc., united with glycerin; they are colorless oils, or white crystalline solids, of an unpleasant odor like that of goats or sweat.
[ Italian See Caprice
.] 1. (Mus.) A piece in a free form, with frequent digressions from the theme; a fantasia; -- often called caprice . 2. A caprice; a freak; a fancy. Shak.
Capriccioso (kȧ*prēt*chō"so) adjective [ Italian ] (Mus) In a free, fantastic style.
[ French caprice
, Italian capriccio
, caprice (perh. orig. a fantastical goat leap), from Latin caper
, goat. Cf Capriole
, intransitive verb
] 1. An abrupt change in feeling, opinion, or action, proceeding from some whim or fancy; a freak; a notion.
of appetite." W. Irving. 2. (Mus.) See Capriccio . Syn.
-- Freak; whim; crotchet; fancy; vagary; humor; whimsey; fickleness.
[ Confer French capricieux
, Italian capriccioso
.] Governed or characterized by caprice; apt to change suddenly; freakish; whimsical; changeable.
humor." Hugh Miller.
A capricious partiality to the Romish practices. Syn.
-- Freakish; whimsical; fanciful; fickle; crotchety; fitful; wayward; changeable; unsteady; uncertain; inconstant; arbitrary. -- Ca*pri"cious*ly
[ Latin capricornus
goat + cornu
horn: confer French capricorne
.] 1. (Astron.) The tenth sign of zodiac, into which the sun enters at the winter solstice, about December 21. See Tropic .
The sun was entered into Capricorn . 2. (Astron.) A southern constellation, represented on ancient monuments by the figure of a goat, or a figure with its fore part like a fish. Capricorn beetle (Zoology)
, any beetle of the family Carambucidæ ; one of the long-horned beetles. The larvæ usually bore into the wood or bark of trees and shrubs and are often destructive. See Girdler , Pruner .
Caprid adjective [ Latin caper , capra , goat.] (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the tribe of ruminants of which the goat, or genus Capra , is the type.
Caprification noun [ Latin caprificatio , from caprificare to ripen figs by caprification, from caprificus the wild fig; caper goat + ficus fig.] The practice of hanging, upon the cultivated fig tree, branches of the wild fig infested with minute hymenopterous insects. » It is supposed that the little insects insure fertilization by carrying the pollen from the male flowers near the opening of the fig down to the female flowers, and also accelerate ripening the fruit by puncturing it. The practice has existed since ancient times, but its benefit has been disputed.
Caprifole noun [ Latin caper goat + folium leaf.] The woodbine or honeysuckle. Spenser.
Caprifoliaceous adjective Of, pertaining to, or resembling, the Honeysuckle family of plants ( Caprifoliacæ .
Capriform adjective [ Latin caper goat + -form .] Having the form of a goat.
Caprigenous adjective [ Latin caprigenus ; caper goat + gegnere to produce.] Of the goat kind.
Caprine adjective [ Latin caprinus .] Of or pertaining to a goat; as, caprine gambols.
[ French capriole
, Italian capriola
, from Latin caper
goat. Confer Caper
, intransitive verb Cabriole
.] 1. (Man.) A leap that a horse makes with all fours, upwards only, without advancing, but with a kick or jerk of the hind legs when at the height of the leap. 2. A leap or caper, as in dancing.
"With lofty turns and caprioles
." Sir J. Davies.
Capriole intransitive verb To perform a capriole. Carlyle.
Capriped adjective [ Latin capripers ; caper goat + pes pedis , foot.] Having feet like those of a goat.
Caproate noun (Chemistry) A salt of caproic acid.
Caproic adjective (Chemistry) See under Capric .
Caprylate noun (Chemistry) A salt of caprylic acid.
Caprylic adjective (Chemistry) See under Capric .
[ From Capsicum
.] (Chemistry) A colorless crystalline substance extracted from the Capsicum annuum , and giving off vapors of intense acridity.