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nap 1

 (năp)
n.
A brief sleep, often during the day.
intr.v. napped, nap·ping, naps
1. To sleep for a brief period, often during the day; doze.
2. To be unaware of imminent danger or trouble; be off guard: The civil unrest caught the police napping.

[Middle English, from nappen, to doze, from Old English hnappian.]

nap′per n.

nap 2

 (năp)
n.
A soft or fuzzy surface on fabric or leather.
tr.v. napped, nap·ping, naps
To form or raise a soft or fuzzy surface on (fabric or leather).

[Alteration (perhaps influenced by obsolete French nape, tablecloth) of Middle English noppe, from Middle Dutch.]

nap 3

 (năp)
tr.v. napped, nap·ping, naps
To pour or put a sauce or gravy over (a cooked dish) in a thin, even layer: "a stuffed veal chop napped with an elegant Port sauce" (Jay Jacobs).

[French napper, from nappe, cover; see nappe.]

nap 4

 (năp)
n.
1.
a. A trick-taking card game in which each player is dealt five cards and bids the number of tricks he or she intends to take, with the highest bidder deciding the trump.
b. The first bid of five tricks in this game, the maximum number in a hand. Also called napoleon.
2. See napoleon1.

[Short for napoleon.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.napping - not prepared or vigilantnapping - not prepared or vigilant; "the blow caught him napping"; "caught in an off-guard moment"; "found him off his guard"
unready - not prepared or in a state of readiness; slow to understand or respond; "she cursed her unready tongue"
References in classic literature ?
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, "Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore; But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping, And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, That I scarce was sure I heard you " -- here I opened wide the door; Darkness there and nothing more.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore-- While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
We had lain thus in bed, chatting and napping at short intervals, and Queequeg now and then affectionately throwing his brown tattooed legs over mine, and then drawing them back; so entirely sociable and free and easy were we; when, at last, by reason of our confabulations, what little nappishness remained in us altogether departed, and we felt like getting up again, though day-break was yet some way down the future.
I now felt safe against being caught napping by the Morlocks, and, stretching myself, I came on down the hill towards the White Sphinx.
Monday marks National Napping Day, which is celebrated on the day following the return of daylight saving time in order to give people the opportunity to catch up on the hour of sleep they lost out on when clocks shifted to the spring time.
When reflecting on the bigger picture, founder Jennifer Thomas says, "I like to think of Peace as on-demand napping for Chicagoans—and hope that's the story we are able to convey to the community.
In fact, you could say we've been napping, in some sense or other, for as long as we've known how to sleep, from afternoon siestas in hot countries and the iconic 'power naps' of world leaders, to the snore-filled snoozes of grandads in front of the TV.
Regular nappers may even enjoy better health, and earlier this year, napping was dubbed the 'secret to Hertfordshire University found people fond of short naps (under 30-minutes) reported higher levels of happiness (66%) than people who took long naps (56%), or no naps at all (60%).
And the link between napping and risk of dying was highest among the younger people in the study, those between ages 40 and 65, who were nearly twice as likely to die during the study period if they napped for an hour or more, compared to those who did not nap.
The researchers urged preschools to develop napping guidelines and further research on how to protect and promote naptime for young children to enhance their learning.
He claimed that researchers in the current study were happy to show the potential importance of napping for optimal daytime functioning in young children, as napping is often overlooked in favour of nighttime or total sleep.