Nap meaning

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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.

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A brief sleep, often during the day.
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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.

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To seize and carry away; steal.

Dognap, petnap.

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(UK) A type of bet in British horse racing, based on the experts' best tips.
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To sleep for a brief period, often during the day; doze.
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To be unaware of imminent danger or trouble; be off guard.

The civil unrest caught the police napping.

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A soft or fuzzy surface on fabric or leather.
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To form or raise a soft or fuzzy surface on (fabric or leather).
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To pour or put a sauce or gravy over (a cooked dish).
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To doze or sleep lightly for a short time.
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To be careless or unprepared.
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A brief, light sleep; doze.
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The downy or hairy surface of cloth formed by short hairs or fibers, esp. when artificially raised by brushing, etc.; pile.
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Any such downy surface, as that raised on the flesh side of leather.
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To raise a nap on (fabric or leather), as by brushing.
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(1) (Network Access Protection) See endpoint security.
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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.
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A short period of sleep, especially one during the day.
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To have a nap; to sleep for a short period of time, especially during the day.
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To be off one's guard.

The regulators were caught napping by the financial collapse.

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To form or raise a soft or fuzzy surface on (fabric or leather)
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(uncountable, games) A card game in which players take tricks; properly Napoleon.
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(obsolete) To grab; to nab.
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(cooking) To cover (something) with a sauce (usually in passive)
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Origin of nap

  • From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Alteration (perhaps influenced by obsolete French nape tablecloth) of Middle English noppe from Middle Dutch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from nappen to doze from Old English hnappian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French napper from nappe cover nappe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Short for napoleon

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English nappen, from Old English hnappian (“to doze, slumber, sleep"), from Proto-Germanic *hnappōnÄ… (“to nap"). Cognate with Old High German hnaffezan, hnaffezzan (> Middle High German nafzen (“to slumber") > German dialectal napfezen, nafzen (“to nod, slumber, nap")).

    From Wiktionary

  • possibly Scandanavian, cognate with nab, see Swedish nappa (“pinch")

    From Wiktionary

  • From the name of the French emperor Napoleon I of France (Bonaparte)

    From Wiktionary

  • From French napper, from nappe (“nape").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English nappe, from Middle Dutch

    From Wiktionary