Rap n. A lay or skein containing 120 yards of yarn.
Rap, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rapped p. pr. & vb. n. Rapping.] To strike with a quick, sharp blow; to knock; as, to rap on the door.
Rap, v. t.
1. To strike with a quick blow; to knock on.
With one great peal they rap the door. --Prior.
2. Founding To free (a pattern) in a mold by light blows on the pattern, so as to facilitate its removal.
Rap, n. A quick, smart blow; a knock.
Rap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rapped usually written Rapt; p. pr. & vb. n. Rapping.]
1. To snatch away; to seize and hurry off.
And through the Greeks and Ilians they rapt
The whirring chariot. --Chapman.
From Oxford I was rapt by my nephew, Sir Edmund Bacon, to Redgrove. --Sir H. Wotton.
2. To hasten. [Obs.]
3. To seize and bear away, as the mind or thoughts; to transport out of one's self; to affect with ecstasy or rapture; as, rapt into admiration.
I'm rapt with joy to see my Marcia's tears. --Addison.
Rapt into future times, the bard begun. --Pope.
4. To exchange; to truck. [Obs. & Low]
To rap and ren, To rap and rend. To seize and plunder; to snatch by violence. --Dryden. “[Ye] waste all that ye may rape and renne.”
All they could rap and rend and pilfer. --Hudibras.
-- To rap out, to utter with sudden violence, as an oath.
A judge who rapped out a great oath. --Addison.
Rap, n. A popular name for any of the tokens that passed current for a half-penny in Ireland in the early part of the eighteenth century; any coin of trifling value.
Many counterfeits passed about under the name of raps. --Swift.
Tie it [her money] up so tight that you can't touch a rap, save with her consent. --Mrs. Alexander.
Not to care a rap, to care nothing.
Not worth a rap, worth nothing.
n 1: a reproach for some lapse or misdeed; "he took the blame for
it"; "it was a bum rap" [syn: blame]
2: a gentle blow [syn: strike, tap]
3: the sound made by a gentle blow [syn: pat, tap]
4: voluble conversation
5: genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in
which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical
accompaniment; several forms of rap have emerged [syn: rap
6: the act of hitting vigorously; "he gave the table a whack"
[syn: knock, belt, whack, whang]
v 1: strike sharply; "rap him on the knuckles" [syn: knap]
2: make light, repeated taps on a surface; "he was tapping his
fingers on the table impatiently" [syn: tap, knock, pink]
3: perform rap music
4: talk volubly
[also: rapping, rapped]