from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (noun) A caper or leap, as in dancing; a sudden bound; a spring.
- n. (noun) 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. (noun) A kind of head-dress worn by women.
- (verb) To execute a capriole; leap; skip.
'Glad dance: four count rhythm, jeté on the first pass, capriole on the second,' Lacy called out, banging his counting stick on the floor.
Instead of viewing him on a fiery Pegasus, and 'snatching a grace beyond the reach of art,' we behold the author mounted on a strange animal, something between a rough Welsh poney and a Peruvian sheep, whose utmost capriole only tends to land him in the mud.
Into the depths of these forests we were to penetrate in pursuit of our game, and finer covers to be stocked with cingale and capriole, or bolder scenery for the theatre of our sylvan sport, can scarcely be imagined.
'Capriole' comes from the Italian 'capriolo,' roebuck, wild goat.