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nap 1

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

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

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

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.]
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(Textiles) a person or thing that raises the nap on cloth


Brit a slang or dialect word for head1
[C18: from nap1]
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[ˈnæpəʳ] N (= head) → coca f
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n (Brit inf: = a person’s head) → Birne f (inf)
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Napper, 37, of Ledgers Road, Slough, denies one count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, one count of grievous bodily harm and one count of aggravated vehicle-taking.
Last year Robert Napper, 42, finally admitted the crime, and pleaded guilty to her manslaughter on the grounds of his diminished responsibility.
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Robert Napper, who was charged last week with killing the former model in 1992, appeared via videolink before a packed courtroom at City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London.
The Crown Prosecution Service said Robert Napper, 41, will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on December 4.
In going sideways, Brian Boru crossed in front of Napper Tandy, who appeared to stumble, while Mkuzi, who was weakening at the time, also found himself tightened for room.
Figurative painting was surprisingly well represented, to the point of being over-played, with examples of William Tillyer's lyrical decorations at Manny Silverman; Jan Peter Van Opheusden's saturated still lifes at Earl McGrath; Eugeni Mitta's stale recapitulations of Salle-esque emblems at Patricia Shea; Dieter Hall's empty biographical sketches at Ruth Bachofner; Helen Napper's typically dreamy silhouettes at Tatistcheff; Rainer Fetting's trademark Pop-Expressionism at Jan Baum; Guiseppe Gallo's quietly traumatized drawings at L.A.
Police botched the murder hunt and Robert Napper was only brought to justice in 2008, when he admitted stabbing Rachel to death.
Craig Napper, 38, has been given the task of leading the club's swimming training and skills development.
Heartbroken Andre Hanscombe broke his silence to condemn the failure to bring serial killer and sex offender Robert Napper to justice.
Robert Napper was locked up in December 2008 in a secure hospital unit for the rest of his life for the manslaughter of young mother Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common in 1992.