caput

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n caput the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains "he stuck his head out the window"
    • n caput a headlike protuberance on an organ or structure "the caput humeri is the head of the humerus which fits into a cavity in the scapula"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Caput (Eng) The council or ruling body of the University of Cambridge prior to the constitution of 1856. "Your caputs and heads of colleges."
    • Caput (Anat) The head; also, a knoblike protuberance or capitulum.
    • Caput The top or superior part of a thing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caput In anatomy, the head; the head or upper extremity of some part of the body.
    • n caput An abbreviation of the phrase caput senatus (literally, head of the senate), a council or ruling body in the University of Cambridge, England.
    • n caput In Roman law, the standing before the law, or the personal status, of a citizen. A deprivation of liberty or civic rights, or a modification of family relation by adoption, etc., was termed capitis diminutio, which was characterized as maxima, media, or minima, according as it affected the first, second, or third of the elements above named.
    • n caput A fanciful term used by the old chemists to denote the residuum of chemicals when all their volatile matters had escaped; specifically, oxid of iron, which is the residue left when sulphate of iron is distilled at a red heat. Hence— Anything from which all that rendered it valuable has been taken away.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caput käp′ut a head
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., the head

Usage

In literature:

Had Philippe d'Orleans not been a caput mortuum!
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
The text "Ipsa conteret caput tuum" is written outside the chapel.
"Essays on Life, Art and Science" by Samuel Butler
Admonuit memorem motus languescere mentis; Sponte sua letho caput obvius obtulit ipse.
"The Essays of Montaigne, Complete" by Michel de Montaigne
Non viget respublica cujus caput infirmatur.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Quis iusti sacrum caput ense recidit?
"A Short History of Women's Rights" by Eugene A. Hecker
Caput Magnus was going to try Higgleby, that was all there was to it!
"By Advice of Counsel" by Arthur Train
Caput dorsumque olivaceo-viridia, plumis in medio longitudinaliter fusco-lineatis.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
Post eum servus in curru stans auream coronam super caput eius tenebat.
"Latin for Beginners" by Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge
Caput cristam quasi pennarum ostendit.
"The Biglow Papers" by James Russell Lowell
Caput: the head with all its appendages.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Benedictionem omnium gentium dedit illi, et testamentum suum confirmavit super caput ejus.
"The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book" by Various
The color at first is white, changing in age to a buff or a dark cream, which distinguishes it from H. caput-ursi.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
A day's march westward from our landing place at Caput Vada on the road to Carthage near the sea, is the city of Syllektum.
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
Uerum Uffo, subito exempto, quo cinctus erat, gladio, pugilis illico coxam cruentauit, nec mora, et caput pariter amputauit.
"Beowulf" by R. W. Chambers
Hydnum Caput Medusae, 319.
"The Century Cook Book" by Mary Ronald
The poem forms caput iii.
"Notes and Queries, Vol. III, Number 83, May 31, 1851" by Various
Pro se quisque cum corona clarum cohonestat caput.
"The Roman Poets of the Republic" by W. Y. Sellar
CAPUT (L.), head: chapter.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
It's as clear as mine to my caput.
"Miss Dividends" by Archibald Clavering Gunter
Ita sum sicut musca sine caput; buzzo & turno circumcirca, et nescio quid facio.
"Poetical Ingenuities and Eccentricities" by Various
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In news:

INXS is Caput November 13, 2012.
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In science:

Unfortunately, the astrophysical community is still very far from Caput mundi, and has entered into a blind alley .
No motions of bodies produce GW's
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