Gap vs Cap - What's the difference?

gap | cap |

As a noun gap

is gap.

As a verb cap is

to extend one's leg for walking; get a move on.




(en noun)
  • An opening in anything made by breaking or parting.
  • An opening allowing passage or entrance.
  • An opening that implies a breach or defect.
  • A vacant space or time.
  • A hiatus.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The machine of a new soul , passage=The yawning gap in neuroscientists’ understanding of their topic is in the intermediate scale of the brain’s anatomy. Science has a passable knowledge of how individual nerve cells, known as neurons, work. It also knows which visible lobes and ganglia of the brain do what. But how the neurons are organised in these lobes and ganglia remains obscure. Yet this is the level of organisation that does the actual thinking—and is, presumably, the seat of consciousness.}}
  • A mountain or hill pass.
  • (label) A sheltered area of coast between two cliffs (mostly restricted to place names).
  • (label) The regions between the outfielders.
  • The shortfall between the amount the medical insurer will pay to the service provider and the scheduled fee for the item.
  • * 2008 , Eileen Willis, Louise Reynolds, Helen Keleher, Understanding the Australian Health Care System , page 5,
  • Under bulk billing the patient does not pay a gap , and the medical practitioner receives 85% of the scheduled fee.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=May 13, author=Andrew Benson, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Williams's Pastor Maldonado takes landmark Spanish Grand Prix win , passage=That left Maldonado with a 6.2-second lead. Alonso closed in throughout their third stints, getting the gap down to 4.2secs before Maldonado stopped for the final time on lap 41.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1995, author=Robert E. Knoll, chapter=A University on the Defensive 1920-1927
  • , title= Prairie University: A History of the University of Nebraska, page=70 , passage=When Charles Bessey suddenly died in 1916 at age seventy, he left a gap that was impossible to fill; and though his protégé. R. J. Pool, was a man of intelligence and character, he did not have Bessey’s authority.}}
  • (label) (usually written as "the gap") The disparity between the indigenous and non-indigenous communities with regard to life expectancy, education, health, etc.
  • Synonyms

    * (opening made by breaking or parting) break, hole, rip, split, tear, rift, chasm, fissure * (opening allowing passage or entrance) break, clearing, hole, opening * (opening that implies a breach or defect) space * (vacant space or time) window * (hiatus) hiatus * (mountain pass) col, neck, pass * (in baseball)

    Derived terms

    * gap-toothed * gap year


  • (label) To notch, as a sword or knife.
  • (label) To make an opening in; to breach.
  • (label) To check the size of a gap.
  • Anagrams

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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m).


    (en noun)
  • A close-fitting head covering either without a brim or with a peak.
  • The children were all wearing caps to protect them from the sun.
  • A special head covering to indicate rank, occupation etc.
  • An academic mortarboard
  • A protective cover or seal
  • He took the cap of the bottle and splashed himself with some cologne.
  • A crown for covering a tooth
  • He had golden caps on his teeth.
  • The summit of a mountain etc.
  • There was snow on the cap of the mountain.
  • An artificial upper limit or ceiling
  • We should put a cap on the salaries, to keep them under control.
  • The top part of a mushroom
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (slang) A bullet used to shoot someone.
  • * 2001: Charles Jade, Jade goes to Metreon
  • Did he think they were going to put a cap in his ass right in the middle of Metreon?
  • (soccer) An international appearance
  • Rio Ferdinand won his 50th cap for England in a game against Sweden.
  • (obsolete) The top, or uppermost part; the chief.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Thou art the cap of all the fools alive.
  • (obsolete) A respectful uncovering of the head.
  • * Fuller
  • he that will give a cap and make a leg in thanks
  • (zoology) The whole top of the head of a bird from the base of the bill to the nape of the neck.
  • (architecture) The uppermost of any assemblage of parts.
  • the cap of column, door, etc.; a capital, coping, cornice, lintel, or plate
  • Something covering the top or end of a thing for protection or ornament.
  • (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.
  • (geometry) A portion of a spherical or other convex surface.
  • A large size of writing paper.
  • flat cap'''; fools'''cap'''; legal '''cap
    * (artificial upper limit) floor
    * See also
    Derived terms
    * (head covering) baseball cap, cunt cap * (protective cover or seal) crown cap, filler cap * (artificial upper limit) interest rate cap * (small amount of explosive used as detonator) percussion cap, pop a cap in someone's ass
    See also
    * set one's cap at


  • To cover or seal with a cap
  • To award a cap as a mark of distinction etc.
  • To lie over or on top of something
  • To surpass or outdo
  • To set an upper limit on something
  • cap wages.
  • To make something even more wonderful at the end.
  • That really capped my day.
  • (cricket) To select a player to play for a specified side
  • (slang) To shoot (someone) with a firearm.
  • If he don't get outta my hood, I'm gonna cap his ass.
  • (sports) to select to play for the national team.
  • Peter Shilton is the most capped English footballer.
  • (obsolete) To uncover the head respectfully.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • * Thackeray
  • Tom capped the proctor with the profoundest of bows.
  • To deprive of a cap.
  • (Spenser)

    Etymology 2

    From capitalization, by shortening.


    (en noun)
  • (finance) Capitalization.
  • Derived terms
    * market cap

    Etymology 3

    From capital, by shortening.


    (en noun)
  • (informal) An uppercase letter.
  • Verb

  • (informal) To convert text to uppercase.
  • Anagrams

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