nap
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /nap/
  • (America) IPA: /næp/
Noun

nap (plural naps)

  1. A short period of sleep, especially one during the day.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:shut-eye, Thesaurus:sleep
Translations Verb

nap (naps, present participle napping; past and past participle napped)

  1. To have a nap; to sleep for a short period of time, especially during the day.
    Synonyms: snooze, doze
  2. (figuratively) To be off one's guard.
    • a. 1684, Samuel Butler, Hudibras
      I took thee napping, unprepared.
    The regulators were caught napping by the financial collapse.
Translations Noun

nap

  1. A soft or fuzzy surface, generally on fabric or leather.
    • 1591, King Henry VI part II, by William Shakespeare
      I tell thee, Jack Cade the clothier means to dress the commonwealth, and turn it, and set a new nap upon it.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 16
      On his long, gaunt body, he carried no spare flesh, no superfluous beard, his chin having a soft, economical nap to it, like the worn nap of his broad-brimmed hat.
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 37:
      There were low bookshelves, there was a thick pinkish Chinese rug in which a gopher could have spent a week without showing his nose above the nap.
  2. The common direction, on some kinds of fabric, of the hairs making up the pile.
    If the fabric has a nap, make sure all pieces are cut with the nap going the same direction.
Translations
  • German: Tuchnoppe, Flor, Noppe, Pol, Flocke
  • Italian: pelucco
  • Russian: ворс
Verb

nap (naps, present participle napping; past and past participle napped)

  1. To form or raise a soft or fuzzy surface on (fabric or leather).
Noun

nap (plural naps)

  1. (British) A type of bet in British horse racing, based on the experts' best tips.
  2. (uncountable, card games) A card game in which players take tricks; properly Napoleon.
  3. A bid to take five tricks in the card game Napoleon.
Translations
  • Italian: napoleone
  • Russian: наполео́н
Verb

nap (naps, present participle napping; past and past participle napped)

  1. (obsolete) To grab; to nab.
Verb

nap (naps, present participle napping; past and past participle napped)

  1. (cooking) To cover (something) with a sauce (usually in passive).
    • 2006, Wayne Gisslen, Mary Ellen Griffin, Professional Cooking for Canadian Chefs‎:
      Vanilla ice cream topped with a poached or canned pear half, napped with chocolate sauce, and garnished with toasted sliced almonds.
Noun

nap (plural naps)

  1. (dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) A cup, bowl.

NAP
Noun

nap

  1. Acronym of non-aggression principle
  2. Acronym of non-aggression pact



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