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rep1

[rep] /rɛp/
noun
1.
a transversely corded fabric of wool, silk, rayon, or cotton.
Also, repp.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; < French reps, perhaps < English ribs (see rib1)
Related forms
repped, adjective

rep2

[rep] /rɛp/
noun, Informal.
1.
a repertory theater or company.
3.
a representative, especially a sales representative.
Origin
by shortening

rep3

[rep] /rɛp/
noun
1.
Nucleonics. a unit proposed as a supplement to roentgen for expressing dosage of ionizing radiation: subsequently abandoned.
Compare rem.
Origin
1945-50; r(oentgen) e(quivalent) p(hysical)

rep.1

1.
(in prescriptions) let it be repeated.
Origin
< Latin repetātur

rep.2

1.
2.
3.
4.
reported.
5.
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Examples for rep
  • A parallel bill was introduced in the house of representatives by rep.
British Dictionary definitions for rep

rep1

/rɛp/
noun
1.
a silk, wool, rayon, or cotton fabric with a transversely corded surface
Derived Forms
repped, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French reps, perhaps from English ribs; see rib1

rep2

/rɛp/
noun
1.
(theatre) short for repertory company

rep3

/rɛp/
noun
1.
short for representative (sense 2), representative (sense 5)

rep4

/rɛp/
noun
1.
(informal) short for reputation

Rep.

abbreviation
1.
(US) Representative
2.
(US) Republican
3.
Republic
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Word Origin and History for rep

1705 as abbreviation of reputation (n.); upon rep "I swear it" was a common 18c. slang asseveration. As a shortening of repetition (n.) it is recorded from 1864, originally school slang; as a shortening of representative (n.), especially "sales representative," it is attested from 1896. As an abbreviation of repertory (company) it is recorded from 1925.

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rep in Medicine

rep (rěp)
n.
Roentgen-equivalent-physical; a unit of absorbed radiation dose, equal to the amount of ionizing radiation that will transfer 93 ergs of energy to 1 gram of water or living tissue.

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Slang definitions & phrases for rep

rep 1

noun

Reputation: gettin' the rep a not havin' a big schnozz (1705+)

Related Terms

demi-rep


rep 2

noun

A representative: The sales rep from Kokomo (1896+)

verb

: Both of whom are repped by yours truly


rep 3

modifier

: a rep company

noun

Repertory: She played in rep a couple years (1925+ Theater)


rep 4

noun

A repetition: I mused on this while I did 15 reps at 250 (1864+)


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rep in Technology
programming
A directive used in IBM object code card decks (and later PTF Tapes) to REPlace fragments of already assembled or compiled object code prior to link edit. Recompiling or reassembling the source code to produce a whole new object module was only possible if the source code was available, which it rarely was (if you had the object you were lucky!) It was also quicker to apply incremental changes with REP cards and they also circumvented the checksums and card sequence numbers present in the object code.
(1998-07-16)
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Related Abbreviations for rep

rep

  1. repertory
  2. repetition
  3. representative
  4. reputation

rep.

  1. repair
  2. repetition
  3. report
  4. reporter
  5. represent
  6. representative
  7. reprint
  8. republic

Rep.

  1. representative
  2. republic
  3. Republican
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