5 letter word starting with ca

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caaba noun The small and nearly cubical stone building, toward which all Mohammedans must pray.
cabal noun Tradition; occult doctrine. See Cabala, A secret., A number of persons united in some close design, usually to promote their private views and interests in church or state by intrigue; a secret association composed of a few designing persons; a junto., The secret artifices or machinations of a few persons united in a close design; intrigue., To unite in a small party to promote private views and interests by intrigue; to intrigue; to plot.
cabas noun A flat basket or frail for figs, etc.; hence, a lady’s flat workbasket, reticule, or hand bag; — often written caba.
caber noun A pole or beam used in Scottish games for tossing as a trial of strength.
cabin noun A cottage or small house; a hut., A small room; an inclosed place., A room in ship for officers or passengers., To live in, or as in, a cabin; to lodge., To confine in, or as in, a cabin.
cable noun A large, strong rope or chain, of considerable length, used to retain a vessel at anchor, and for other purposes. It is made of hemp, of steel wire, or of iron links., A rope of steel wire, or copper wire, usually covered with some protecting or insulating substance; as, the cable of a suspension bridge; a telegraphic cable., A molding, shaft of a column, or any other member of convex, rounded section, made to resemble the spiral twist of a rope; — called also cable molding., To fasten with a cable., To ornament with cabling. See Cabling., To telegraph by a submarine cable
cabob noun A small piece of mutton or other meat roasted on a skewer; — so called in Turkey and Persia., A leg of mutton roasted, stuffed with white herrings and sweet herbs., To roast, as a cabob.
cacao noun A small evergreen tree (Theobroma Cacao) of South America and the West Indies. Its fruit contains an edible pulp, inclosing seeds about the size of an almond, from which cocoa, chocolate, and broma are prepared.
cache noun A hole in the ground, or hiding place, for concealing and preserving provisions which it is inconvenient to carry.
cacti plural of Cactus
caddy noun A small box, can, or chest to keep tea in.
cader noun See Cadre.
cadet noun The younger of two brothers; a younger brother or son; the youngest son., A gentleman who carries arms in a regiment, as a volunteer, with a view of acquiring military skill and obtaining a commission., A young man in training for military or naval service; esp. a pupil in a military or naval school, as at West Point, Annapolis, or Woolwich.
cadew noun Alt. of Cadeworm
cadge verb t. & i. To carry, as a burden., To hawk or peddle, as fish, poultry, etc., To intrude or live on another meanly; to beg., A circular frame on which cadgers carry hawks for sale.
cadgy adjective Cheerful or mirthful, as after good eating or drinking; also, wanton.
cadie noun Alt. of Caddie
cadis noun A kind of coarse serge.
cadre noun The framework or skeleton upon which a regiment is to be formed; the officers of a regiment forming the staff.
caeca noun pl. See Caecum., of Caecum
caged imp. & past participle of Cage, Confined in, or as in, a cage; like a cage or prison.
cagit noun A kind of parrot, of a beautiful green color, found in the Philippine Islands.
cagot noun One of a race inhabiting the valleys of the Pyrenees, who until 1793 were political and social outcasts (Christian Pariahs). They are supposed to be a remnant of the Visigoths.
caird noun A traveling tinker; also a tramp or sturdy beggar.
cairn noun A rounded or conical heap of stones erected by early inhabitants of the British Isles, apparently as a sepulchral monument., A pile of stones heaped up as a landmark, or to arrest attention, as in surveying, or in leaving traces of an exploring party, etc.
caked imp. & past participle of Cake
calid adjective Hot; burning; ardent.
calif noun Alt. of Califate
calin noun An alloy of lead and tin, of which the Chinese make tea canisters.
calix noun A cup. See Calyx.
calla noun A genus of plants, of the order Araceae.
calle noun A kind of head covering; a caul.
calmy noun Tranquil; peaceful; calm.
calve verb i. To bring forth a calf., To bring forth young; to produce offspring.
calyx noun The covering of a flower. See Flower., A cuplike division of the pelvis of the kidney, which surrounds one or more of the renal papillae.
camel noun A large ruminant used in Asia and Africa for carrying burdens and for riding. The camel is remarkable for its ability to go a long time without drinking. Its hoofs are small, and situated at the extremities of the toes, and the weight of the animal rests on the callous. The dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) has one bunch on the back, while the Bactrian camel (C. Bactrianus) has two. The llama, alpaca, and vicu–a, of South America, belong to a related genus (Auchenia)., A water-tight structure (as a large box or boxes) used to assist a vessel in passing over a shoal or bar or in navigating shallow water. By admitting water, the camel or camels may be sunk and attached beneath or at the sides of a vessel, and when the water is pumped out the vessel is lifted.
cameo noun A carving in relief, esp. one on a small scale used as a jewel for personal adornment, or like.
camis noun A light, loose dress or robe.
camus noun See Camis.
canal noun An artificial channel filled with water and designed for navigation, or for irrigating land, etc., A tube or duct; as, the alimentary canal; the semicircular canals of the ear.
candy verb t. To conserve or boil in sugar; as, to candy fruits; to candy ginger., To make sugar crystals of or in; to form into a mass resembling candy; as, to candy sirup., To incrust with sugar or with candy, or with that which resembles sugar or candy., To have sugar crystals form in or on; as, fruits preserved in sugar candy after a time., To be formed into candy; to solidify in a candylike form or mass., A more or less solid article of confectionery made by boiling sugar or molasses to the desired consistency, and than crystallizing, molding, or working in the required shape. It is often flavored or colored, and sometimes contains fruit, nuts, etc., A weight, at Madras 500 pounds, at Bombay 560 pounds.
caned imp. & past participle of Cane, Filled with white flakes; mothery; — said vinegar when containing mother.
canes plural of Canis
canis noun A genus of carnivorous mammals, of the family Canidae, including the dogs and wolves.
canna noun A measure of length in Italy, varying from six to seven feet. See Cane, 4., A genus of tropical plants, with large leaves and often with showy flowers. The Indian shot (C. Indica) is found in gardens of the northern United States.
canny adjective Alt. of Cannei
canoe noun A boat used by rude nations, formed of trunk of a tree, excavated, by cutting of burning, into a suitable shape. It is propelled by a paddle or paddles, or sometimes by sail, and has no rudder., A boat made of bark or skins, used by savages., A light pleasure boat, especially designed for use by one who goes alone upon long excursions, including portage. It it propelled by a paddle, or by a small sail attached to a temporary mast., To manage a canoe, or voyage in a canoe.
canon noun A law or rule., A law, or rule of doctrine or discipline, enacted by a council and confirmed by the pope or the sovereign; a decision, regulation, code, or constitution made by ecclesiastical authority., The collection of books received as genuine Holy Scriptures, called the sacred canon, or general rule of moral and religious duty, given by inspiration; the Bible; also, any one of the canonical Scriptures. See Canonical books, under Canonical, a., In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order., A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church., A member of a cathedral chapter; a person who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church., A musical composition in which the voices begin one after another, at regular intervals, successively taking up the same subject. It either winds up with a coda (tailpiece), or, as each voice finishes, commences anew, thus forming a perpetual fugue or round. It is the strictest form of imitation. See Imitation., The largest size of type having a specific name; — so called from having been used for printing the canons of the church., The part of a bell by which it is suspended; — called also ear and shank., See Carom.
ca–on noun A deep gorge, ravine, or gulch, between high and steep banks, worn by water courses.
can’t A colloquial contraction for can not.
canto noun One of the chief divisions of a long poem; a book., The highest vocal part; the air or melody in choral music; anciently the tenor, now the soprano.
canty adjective Cheerful; sprightly; lively; merry.
capel noun Alt. of Caple, A composite stone (quartz, schorl, and hornblende) in the walls of tin and copper lodes.
caple noun A horse; a nag., See Capel.
caper verb i. To leap or jump about in a sprightly manner; to cut capers; to skip; to spring; to prance; to dance., A frolicsome leap or spring; a skip; a jump, as in mirth or dancing; a prank., A vessel formerly used by the Dutch, privateer., The pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and Oriental caper (Capparis spinosa), much used for pickles., A plant of the genus Capparis; — called also caper bush, caper tree.
capoc noun 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.
capon noun A castrated cock, esp. when fattened; a male chicken gelded to improve his flesh for the table., To castrate; to make a capon of.
capot noun A winning of all the tricks at the game of piquet. It counts for forty points., To win all the tricks from, in playing at piquet.
capra noun A genus of ruminants, including the common goat.
caput noun The head; also, a knoblike protuberance or capitulum., The top or superior part of a thing., The council or ruling body of the University of Cambridge prior to the constitution of 1856.
carac noun See Carack.
carat noun The weight by which precious stones and pearls are weighed., A twenty-fourth part; — a term used in estimating the proportionate fineness of gold.
cardo noun The basal joint of the maxilla in insects., The hinge of a bivalve shell.
cared imp. & past participle of Care
caret noun A mark [^] used by writers and proof readers to indicate that something is interlined above, or inserted in the margin, which belongs in the place marked by the caret., The hawkbill turtle. See Hawkbill.
carex noun A numerous and widely distributed genus of perennial herbaceous plants of the order Cypreaceae; the sedges.
cargo noun The lading or freight of a ship or other vessel; the goods, merchandise, or whatever is conveyed in a vessel or boat; load; freight.
carib noun A native of the Caribbee islands or the coasts of the Caribbean sea; esp., one of a tribe of Indians inhabiting a region of South America, north of the Amazon, and formerly most of the West India islands.
carob noun An evergreen leguminous tree (Ceratania Siliqua) found in the countries bordering the Mediterranean; the St. John’s bread; — called also carob tree., One of the long, sweet, succulent, pods of the carob tree, which are used as food for animals and sometimes eaten by man; — called also St. John’s bread, carob bean, and algaroba bean.
carol noun A round dance., A song of joy, exultation, or mirth; a lay., A song of praise of devotion; as, a Christmas or Easter carol., Joyful music, as of a song., To praise or celebrate in song., To sing, especially with joyful notes., To sing; esp. to sing joyfully; to warble., Alt. of Carrol
carom noun A shot in which the ball struck with the cue comes in contact with two or more balls on the table; a hitting of two or more balls with the player’s ball. In England it is called cannon., To make a carom.
carps plural of Carp
carpi plural of Carpus
carry verb t. To convey or transport in any manner from one place to another; to bear; — often with away or off., To have or hold as a burden, while moving from place to place; to have upon or about one’s person; to bear; as, to carry a wound; to carry an unborn child., To move; to convey by force; to impel; to conduct; to lead or guide., To transfer from one place (as a country, book, or column) to another; as, to carry the war from Greece into Asia; to carry an account to the ledger; to carry a number in adding figures., To convey by extension or continuance; to extend; as, to carry the chimney through the roof; to carry a road ten miles farther., To bear or uphold successfully through conflict, as a leader or principle; hence, to succeed in, as in a contest; to bring to a successful issue; to win; as, to carry an election., To get possession of by force; to capture., To contain; to comprise; to bear the aspect of ; to show or exhibit; to imply., To bear (one’s self); to behave, to conduct or demean; — with the reflexive pronouns., To bear the charges or burden of holding or having, as stocks, merchandise, etc., from one time to another; as, a merchant is carrying a large stock; a farm carries a mortgage; a broker carries stock for a customer; to carry a life insurance., To act as a bearer; to convey anything; as, to fetch and carry., To have propulsive power; to propel; as, a gun or mortar carries well., To hold the head; — said of a horse; as, to carry well i. e., to hold the head high, with arching neck., To have earth or frost stick to the feet when running, as a hare., A tract of land, over which boats or goods are carried between two bodies of navigable water; a carrying place; a portage.
carse noun Low, fertile land; a river valley.
carte noun Bill of fare., Short for Carte de visite., Alt. of Quarte
carus noun Coma with complete insensibility; deep lethargy.
carve verb t. To cut., To cut, as wood, stone, or other material, in an artistic or decorative manner; to sculpture; to engrave., To make or shape by cutting, sculpturing, or engraving; to form; as, to carve a name on a tree., To cut into small pieces or slices, as meat at table; to divide for distribution or apportionment; to apportion., To cut: to hew; to mark as if by cutting., To take or make, as by cutting; to provide., To lay out; to contrive; to design; to plan., To exercise the trade of a sculptor or carver; to engrave or cut figures., To cut up meat; as, to carve for all the guests., A carucate.
casal adjective Of or pertaining to case; as, a casal ending.
cased imp. & past participle of Case
caste noun One of the hereditary classes into which the Hindoos are divided according to the laws of Brahmanism., A separate and fixed order or class of persons in society who chiefly hold intercourse among themselves.
casus noun An event; an occurrence; an occasion; a combination of circumstances; a case; an act of God. See the Note under Accident.
catch verb t. To lay hold on; to seize, especially with the hand; to grasp (anything) in motion, with the effect of holding; as, to catch a ball., To seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief., To take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as, to catch a bird or fish., Hence: To insnare; to entangle., To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to catch a melody., To communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught the adjoining building., To engage and attach; to please; to charm., To get possession of; to attain., To take or receive; esp. to take by sympathy, contagion, infection, or exposure; as, to catch the spirit of an occasion; to catch the measles or smallpox; to catch cold; the house caught fire., To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to catch one in the act of stealing., To reach in time; to come up with; as, to catch a train., To attain possession., To be held or impeded by entanglement or a light obstruction; as, a kite catches in a tree; a door catches so as not to open., To take hold; as, the bolt does not catch., To spread by, or as by, infecting; to communicate., Act of seizing; a grasp., That by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened; as, the catch of a gate., The posture of seizing; a state of preparation to lay hold of, or of watching he opportunity to seize; as, to lie on the catch., That which is caught or taken; profit; gain; especially, the whole quantity caught or taken at one time; as, a good catch of fish., Something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife in matrimony., Passing opportunities seized; snatches., A slight remembrance; a trace., A humorous canon or round, so contrived that the singers catch up each other’s words.
catel noun Property; — often used by Chaucer in contrast with rent, or income.
cater noun A provider; a purveyor; a caterer., To provide food; to buy, procure, or prepare provisions., By extension: To supply what is needed or desired, at theatrical or musical entertainments; — followed by for or to., The four of cards or dice., To cut diagonally.
cates noun Provisions; food; viands; especially, luxurious food; delicacies; dainties.
catso noun A base fellow; a rogue; a cheat.
catty noun An East Indian Weight of 1 1/3 pounds.
caulk verb t. & noun See Calk.
cauma noun Great heat, as of the body in fever.
cause verb That which produces or effects a result; that from which anything proceeds, and without which it would not exist., That which is the occasion of an action or state; ground; reason; motive; as, cause for rejoicing., Sake; interest; advantage., A suit or action in court; any legal process by which a party endeavors to obtain his claim, or what he regards as his right; case; ground of action., Any subject of discussion or debate; matter; question; affair in general., The side of a question, which is espoused, advocated, and upheld by a person or party; a principle which is advocated; that which a person or party seeks to attain., To effect as an agent; to produce; to be the occasion of; to bring about; to bring into existence; to make; — usually followed by an infinitive, sometimes by that with a finite verb., To assign or show cause; to give a reason; to make excuse., Abbreviation of Because.
caved imp. & past participle of Cave
cavil verb i. To raise captious and frivolous objections; to find fault without good reason., To cavil at., A captious or frivolous objection.
cavin noun A hollow way, adapted to cover troops, and facilitate their aproach to a place.
cawed imp. & past participle of Caw
cawky adjective Of or pertaining to cawk; like cawk.
caxon noun A kind of wig.
cazic noun A chief or petty king among some tribes of Indians in America.