4. To salute by removing the cap. [Slang. Eng.]
Tom . . . capped the proctor with the profoundest of bows.
5. To match; to mate in contest; to furnish a complement to; as, to cap text; to cap proverbs. Shak.
Now I have him under girdle I'll cap verses with him to the end of the chapter.
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.
(Cap), v. i. To uncover the head respectfully. Shak.
(Ca`pa*bil"i*ty) n.; pl. Capabilities
1. The quality of being capable; capacity; capableness; esp. intellectual power or ability.
A capability to take a thousand views of a subject.
2. Capacity of being used or improved.
(Ca"pa*ble) a. [F. capable, LL. capabilis capacious, capable, fr. L. caper to take, contain.
1. Possessing ability, qualification, or susceptibility; having capacity; of sufficient size or strength; as, a
room capable of holding a large number; a castle capable of resisting a long assault.
Concious of joy and capable of pain.
2. Possessing adequate power; qualified; able; fully competent; as, a capable instructor; a capable judge; a
mind capable of nice investigations.
More capable to discourse of battles than to give them.
3. Possessing legal power or capacity; as, a man capable of making a contract, or a will.
4. Capacious; large; comprehensive. [Obs.] Shak.
Capable is usually followed by of, sometimes by an infinitive.
Syn. Able; competent; qualified; fitted; efficient; effective; skillful.
(Ca"pa*ble*ness), n. The quality or state of being capable; capability; adequateness; competency.
(Ca*pac"i*fy) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Capacified ] [L. capax, -acis, capacious + -fy.] To quality.
The benefice he is capacified and designed for.
(Ca*pa"cious) a. [L. capax, -acis, fr. capere to take. See Heave.]
1. Having capacity; able to contain much; large; roomy; spacious; extended; broad; as, a capacious vessel,
room, bay, or harbor.
In the capacious recesses of his mind.