capriole

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v capriole perform a capriole, in ballet
    • v capriole perform a capriole, of horses in dressage
    • n capriole a playful leap or hop
    • n capriole (dressage) a vertical jump of a trained horse with a kick of the hind legs at the top of the jump
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Capriole A leap or caper, as in dancing. "With lofty turns and caprioles ."
    • Capriole (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.
    • v. i Capriole To perform a capriole.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n capriole A caper or leap, as in dancing; a sudden bound; a spring.
    • n capriole In the manège, an upward spring or leap made by a horse without advancing, the hind legs being jerked out when at the height of the leap.
    • n capriole A kind of head-dress worn by women.
    • capriole To execute a capriole; leap; skip.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Capriole kap′ri-ōl a caper: a leap without advancing
    • v.i Capriole to leap: to caper
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. capriole, cabriole, It. capriola, fr. L. caper, goat. Cf. Caper (v. i.) Cabriole Caprice Cheveril

Usage

In literature:

Far over the billowy sea of heads, may be seen Rascality, caprioling on horses from the Royal Stud.
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
CAPRIOLE, a leap made by a horse without advancing.
"Red Gauntlet" by Sir Walter Scott
Then he went through about a thousand of the wildest caprioles that had ever been performed either by a bird or a horse.
"Myths That Every Child Should Know" by Various
On p. 25, Capriol (the Pupil) asks his Master (Arbeau) to describe the steps of the 'basse' dance.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Edward W. Naylor
Vainly does the farce move on to madder and ever madder caprioles; vainly does the wit leap and o'erleap itself.
"Romain Rolland" by Stefan Zweig
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In news:

Judy Schad originally began hosting a open house at her goat dairy farm, Capriole Farms, as a way to say thank you to her farmers' markets partners that help sustain her business.
Capriole Farms in Greenville, Ind.
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