- Sap is sugary water that is found in the vascular system of some plants or a gullible person who can easily be tricked.
- An example of sap is what is collected from a maple tree to make maple syrup.
- An example of sap is a person who falls for a trick.
- To sap is to weaken someone or to destroy their spirit, energy or power, especially when done slowly over time.
An example of sap is a teen who is rebellious and continually drains the energy of her parents.
Collecting sap from a tree.
sap definition by Webster's New World
- the juice that circulates through a plant, esp. a woody plant, bearing water, food, etc. to the tissues
- any fluid vital to the life or health of an organism
- vigor; vitality
Origin: < sapheadSlang a stupid person; fool
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English sæp, akin to German saft ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sab-, variant, variety of an unverified form sap-, to taste, perceive from source Classical Latin sapere, to taste, know
- sapless adjective
Origin: Middle French sappe ; from the verb
- to undermine by digging away foundations; dig beneath
- to undermine in any way; weaken; exhaust
Origin: MFr sapper < sappe, a hoe < VL sappa, orig. he-goat, prob. < Illyrian *zapp-
- to dig saps
- to approach an enemy's position by saps
Origin: probably origin, originally contr. ; from sapling
sap definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The watery fluid that circulates through a plant, carrying food and other substances to the various tissues.b. The fluid contents of a plant cell vacuole.
- An essential bodily fluid.
- Health and energy; vitality.
- Slang A gullible person; a dupe.
- A leather-covered hand weapon; a blackjack.
- To drain of sap.
- To hit or knock out with a sap.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English sǽp.
- To undermine the foundations of (a fortification).
- To deplete or weaken gradually.
Origin: Obsolete French sappe or Italian zappa, hoe, from Old French and Old Italian, both from Late Latin sappa.
sap - Computer Definition
(1) (SAP America, Inc., Newtown Square, PA, www.sap.com) The U.S. branch of one of the world's largest software companies, SAP AG, Walldorf, Germany. SAP was founded in 1972 as Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing by five former engineers from IBM. SAP's R/2 mainframe and R/3 client/server business application suites were the flagship products for the company, catapulting the company into prominence in the 1980s and 1990s. Today, under the banner of the SAP Business Suite, SAP is a leading vendor in enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other enterprise business software. In 2010, SAP acquired Sybase, maker of the popular Sybase database and related software. See SAP Business Suite, R/3 and Sybase.
(2) (Session Announcement Protocol) An IETF protocol for distributing session description messages to potential recipients. It is widely used to send SDP messages. See SIP.
(3) (Service Advertising Protocol) A NetWare protocol used to identify the services and addresses of servers attached to the network. The responses are used to update a table in the router known as the Server Information Table.
(4) (Secondary Audio Program) An NTSC audio channel used for auxiliary transmission, such as foreign language broadcasting or teletext.
sap - Science Definition
- The watery fluid that circulates through a plant that has vascular tissues. Sap moving up the xylem carries water and minerals, while sap moving down the phloem carries water and food.
- See cell sap.