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nap1

[nap] /næp/
verb (used without object), napped, napping.
1.
to sleep for a short time; doze.
2.
to be off one's guard:
The question caught him napping.
verb (used with object), napped, napping.
3.
to sleep or doze through (a period of time, an activity, etc.) (usually followed by away):
I napped the afternoon away. He naps away most of his classes.
noun
4.
a brief period of sleep, especially one taken during daytime:
Has the baby had her nap?
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English nappen (v.), nap (noun), Old English hnappian to sleep; cognate with Middle High German napfen
Synonyms
1. nod, rest, catnap.

nap2

[nap] /næp/
noun
1.
the short fuzzy ends of fibers on the surface of cloth, drawn up in napping.
2.
any downy coating, as on plants.
verb (used with object), napped, napping.
3.
to raise a nap on.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English noppe, Old English -hnoppa (as in wullknoppa, mistake for *wullhnoppa tuft of wool), cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German noppe; akin to Old English hnoppian to pluck
Related forms
napless, adjective
naplessness, noun
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Examples for napping
  • The jar is left on the floor for an hour, but the subject finds napping more interesting.
  • They spent the night taking turns napping and checking radiation levels both in the spacecraft and on its outside surface.
  • Here's more evidence that sleep, including napping, can make you smarter.
  • When you have finished napping, fold the pillow into itself for easy storage.
  • When marine mammals sleep and swim at once, they are in a state similar to napping.
  • It turns out that sloths as actors are a bit difficult to work with in that they insist on napping every twenty minutes or so.
  • The sleep time gained on the plane should not be supplemented by napping the day after the red-eye flight.
  • Unfortunately, those napping rooms have now been transformed into coffee rooms to keep employees awake.
  • The facility has an air-conditioned napping area for the little ones.
  • He warns, however, that napping must not be done too late in the day or it will interfere with night-time sleep.
British Dictionary definitions for napping

nap1

/næp/
verb (intransitive) naps, napping, napped
1.
to sleep for a short while; doze
2.
to be unaware or inattentive; be off guard (esp in the phrase catch someone napping)
noun
3.
a short light sleep; doze
Word Origin
Old English hnappian; related to Middle High German napfen

nap2

/næp/
noun
1.
  1. the raised fibres of velvet or similar cloth
  2. the direction in which these fibres lie when smoothed down
2.
any similar downy coating
3.
(Austral, informal) blankets, bedding
verb naps, napping, napped
4.
(transitive) to raise the nap of (cloth, esp velvet) by brushing or similar treatment
Word Origin
C15: probably from Middle Dutch noppe; related to Old English hnoppian to pluck

nap3

/næp/
noun
1.
Also called napoleon. a card game similar to whist, usually played for stakes
2.
a call in this card game, undertaking to win all five tricks
3.
(horse racing) a tipster's choice for an almost certain winner
4.
go nap
  1. to undertake to win all five tricks at nap
  2. to risk everything on one chance
5.
(Austral, slang) not to go nap on, to hold in disfavour
6.
nap hand, a position in which there is a very good chance of success if a risk is taken
verb naps, napping, napped
7.
(transitive) (horse racing) to name (a horse) as likely to win a race
Word Origin
C19: short for napoleon, the original name of the card game
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Word Origin and History for napping
nap
"downy surface of cloth," 1440, from M.Du. or M.L.G. noppe "nap, tuft of wool," probably introduced by Flem. cloth-workers. Cognate with O.E. hnappian "to pluck," ahneopan "pluck off," O.Swed. niupa "to pinch," Goth. dis-hniupan "to tear."
nap
O.E. hnappian "to doze, sleep lightly," of unknown origin, apparently related to O.H.G. hnaffezan. The noun is first attested c.1300.
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Related Abbreviations for napping

NAP

  1. Napoli-Capodichino Airport
  2. network access point
  3. neutrophil activating protein
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Encyclopedia Article for napping

nap

gambling card game played throughout northern Europe under various names and guises. It reached England in the 1880s. Its title may commemorate the deposed Napoleon III.

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