- Nap is a brief period of sleep, or a fabric surface that is made of short hairs or fibers.
- An example of a nap is a 20 minute sleep period in the middle of the day.
- An example of nap is lamb's wool.
- Nap is defined as to sleep for a brief period of time, usually during the day.
An example of nap is to sleep for 30 minutes in the middle of the day.
Two children taking a nap at preschool.
nap definition by Webster's New World
- to doze or sleep lightly for a short time
- to be careless or unprepared
Origin: Middle English nappen ; from Old English hnappian, akin to Old High German hnaffezan
- the downy or hairy surface of cloth formed by short hairs or fibers, esp. when artificially raised by brushing, etc.; pile
- any such downy surface, as that raised on the flesh side of leather
Origin: Middle English noppe ; from or akin to Middle Dutch and amp; Middle Low German noppe (Ger and amp; Danish hoppe) ; from Indo-European an unverified form kenebh- ; from base an unverified form ken-, to scratch, rub from source German nut, rabbet, Classical Greek knaptein, to scratch, tear apart
- napless adjective
Origin: ; from (kid)nap
nap definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- To sleep for a brief period, often during the day; doze.
- To be unaware of imminent danger or trouble; be off guard: The civil unrest caught the police napping.
Origin: Middle English, from nappen, to doze, from Old English hnappian.
- napˈper noun
Origin: Alteration (perhaps influenced by obsolete French nape, tablecloth) of Middle English noppe, from Middle Dutch.
transitive verb napped napped, nap·ping, naps
Origin: French napper, from nappe, cover; see nappe.
- a. A card game that resembles whist.b. The highest bid in this game, announcing the intention to win five tricks, the maximum number in a hand. Also called napoleon.
- See napoleon.
Origin: Short for napoleon.
nap - Computer Definition
An official Tier 1 site at which an Internet service provider (ISP) can access the Internet backbone and exchange traffic with other ISPs. Some NAPs are known as Internet Exchanges (IXs) and some as MAEs. NAP locations include San Francisco, California; Chicago, Illinois; Miami, Florida; and New Jersey. See also Internet, ISP, IX, and MAE.
(1) (Network Access Protection) See endpoint security.
(2) (Network Access Point) The first public Internet exchange points (IXPs). Established by the National Science Foundation in the early 1990s, they were set up to provide a standard way to exchange packets for commercial backbones. When the Net went commercial in 1995, four official NAPs were created. Three were run by the telephone companies in San Francisco, Chicago and Pennsauken, NJ, and the fourth was run by Metropolitan Fiber Systems (MFS) in Washington, D.C., known as MAE-East (Metropolitan Area Exchange-East). Four more MAEs became de facto NAPs along with two federal exchanges and the Commercial Internet Exchange Association (see CIX). From a Dozen to Hundreds Since the first NAPs, hundreds of public exchange points were created around the world, which serve to interconnect all the backbone networks and provide on-ramps to smaller ISPs. See IXP.