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nap

Noun

1 a period of time spent sleeping; "he felt better after a little sleep"; "there wasn't time for a nap" [syn: sleep]
2 a soft or fuzzy surface texture
3 the yarn (as in a rug or velvet or corduroy) that stands up from the weave; "for uniform color and texture tailors cut velvet with the pile running the same direction" [syn: pile]
4 a short sleep (usually not in bed) [syn: catnap, cat sleep, forty winks, short sleep, snooze]
5 a card game similar to whist; usually played for stakes [syn: Napoleon] v : take a siesta; "She naps everyday after lunch for an hour" [syn: catnap, catch a wink] [also: napping, napped]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /næp/
  • Rhymes with: -æp

Homophones

Etymology 1

nappe(n) < hnappian (to doze), of unknown origin; cognate with Old High German hnaffezan.

Noun

  1. A short period of sleep, especially one during the day time.
Translations
a short period of sleep, especially during the day

Verb

  1. To have a nap; to sleep for a short period of time, especially during the day time
Translations
To have a nap

See also

Etymology 2

Noun

  1. A soft or fuzzy surface on fabric or leather.

Verb

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

Etymology 3

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

Noun

  1. A type of bet in British horse racing, based on the experts best tips
  2. In the context of "games|uncountable": A card game

Etymology 4

possibly Scandanavian, cognate with nab, see nappa

Verb

  1. To grab; to nab.
Derived terms

Catalan

Etymology

Latin napus

Noun

nap m

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • nɑp

Noun

  1. Drinking cup

Hungarian

Pronunciation

  • /ˈnɒp/|lang=hu

Noun

hu-noun ok
  1. day (unit of time)
  2. sun (also spelt Nap)

Romanian

Etymology

Latin napus

Noun

nap

Extensive Definition

Nap (as a non-acronym) can refer to:
  • The direction in which the strands of hair or fur are oriented on the skin of an animal or human body; or similarly, the direction of the pile in a carpet or other textile such as baize.
  • Strong curl in hair or fur; adjective: "nappy"
  • Nap is also a term for the raised (fuzzy) surface of certain kinds of cloth, such as flannel and velvet
  • A measure of the thickness of a paint roller
  • A British horse racing/betting term for the best bet advised by an expert on a given day (from the Napoleon – the most valuable French coin at the time the phrase was first used.)
  • The card game also known as Napoleon
  • An obscure word for a small wooded area of land, e.g. "down in the nap"
  • An equestrian term for a horse disobeying its rider and refusing to go forward; it hangs back or tries to return to its stable or other horses. The most extreme expression is rearing.
NAP (or nap as an acronym) may stand for:
Naps or NAPS may refer to:
nap in German: NAP
nap in Esperanto: NAP
nap in French: NAP
nap in Italian: NAP
nap in Dutch: NAP
nap in Kölsch: NAP (Watt ėßß datt?)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

blanket drill, break, cat nap, catnap, dover, doze, drowse, feel, finish, forty winks, grain, granular texture, indentation, interlude, intermission, knub, let up, nub, oversleep, pause, pile, pit, pock, protuberance, relax, respite, rest, saw logs, saw wood, shag, siesta, sleep, sleep soundly, slumber, snooze, snore, spot of sleep, structure, surface, surface texture, take a nap, texture, unlax, wale, weave, wink, wink of sleep, woof
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