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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)
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British Dictionary definitions for reps

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
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Word Origin and History for reps

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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reps 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 reps

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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Related Abbreviations for reps

rep

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