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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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* According to ( Tomorrow Magazine , there are three types of nappers:
student at McMaster and Peking Union Medical College in China, also identified a rising risk among daytime nappers. Turns out, sleeping more than six to eight hours a night is associated with an increased risk of death and cardiovascular diseases.
For the campaign, Epsilon divided targets into Nappers and Dormants.
The data indicated that moderate nappers had better cognition than non-, short, or extended nappers.
The midday nappers in the 386-pa-tient study averaged 5 mm Hg lower daytime and 8 mm Hg lower nighttime systolic blood pressure, compared with non-nappers, Dr.
The proportion of self-proclaimed nappers was even higher among those who had trouble sleeping the night before and those who had exercised within the Last 24 hours.
Any musical brothers out there who think they might benefit from hearing two guys with talent oozing out the pores of their baldy nappers, I'd be delighted to hear from you.
When tested that evening, the 30 nappers who had displayed both sleep stages--as determined by brain wave measurements--required less time to make the same visual discriminations that they had made in the morning.
However, nappers who never entered REM sleep showed no improvement.
"what certainty / in the body at its end?/And between here and there?" His diction is direct and clear and his poems are filled with concrete details that ring true and familiar, "green clabber I scumming puddles alongside the train, / then brickyards banked on body shops, / homeless trackside nappers under trees,/ ditchwater where shopping carts come to drink..." Yet Di Piero himself is always wary, slightly skeptical of the material world, consistently being pulled toward some "uncertainty where/I feel most at home...."
What's more, 1-hour nappers responded progressively faster and more accurately in the third and fourth sessions.
As a result, die-hard nappers have had to find creative ways of getting some afternoon shut-eye.