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dap

[dap] /dæp/
verb (used without object), dapped, dapping.
1.
to fish by letting the bait fall lightly on the water.
2.
to dip lightly or suddenly into water:
The bird dapped for the fish.
3.
to bounce or skip, as on the surface of a body of water:
The stone dapped along the surface of the pond.
verb (used with object), dapped, dapping.
4.
to cause to dip in and out of water:
to dap one's bait.
5.
to cause to skip along the surface of water:
to dap stones across the river.
6.
Carpentry. to notch (a timber) to receive part of another timber.
noun
7.
Carpentry. a notch in a timber for receiving part of another timber.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; probably variant of dab1
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British Dictionary definitions for dap

dap1

/dæp/
verb daps, dapping, dapped
1.
(angling) to fish with a natural or artificial fly on a floss silk line so that the wind makes the fly bob on and off the surface of the water
2.
(intransitive) (as of a bird) to dip lightly into water
3.
to bounce or cause to bounce
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin

dap2

/dæp/
noun
1.
(Southwest English, dialect) another word for plimsoll
Word Origin
C20: probably special use of dap1 (in the sense: to bounce, skip)

DAP

abbreviation
1.
distributed array processor
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Contemporary definitions for dap
noun

a knuckle-to-knuckle fist bump performed as a sign of friendship, celebration, or agreement

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Word Origin and History for dap
n.

fist-bump greeting, with various theories as to origin and name meaning. In U.S. popular black culture by 1972 and controversial during the Vietnam War when used by U.S. soldiers, as it often was regarded by whites as a ritual act of black solidarity. Probably imitative (dap was used in 19c. for the bounce of a ball or the skip of a stone on water). Dap, meanwhile, is listed in the DAS as black slang c.1950 for "aware, up to date," also "stylish, well-dressed," in the latter case at least a shortening of dapper.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dap

dap

adjective
  1. Stylish; well-dressed; dapper (1950+ Black)
  2. ware; up-to-date; hep: You want somebody to know a man is sharp, is au reet, you say he's dap (1950+ Black)
noun

A white person; paddy (1930s+ Students)


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Related Abbreviations for dap

DAP

  1. Data Access Protocol
  2. Diagnostic Accreditation Program
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