Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Rap \Rap\ (r[a^]p), n. [Etymol. uncertain.]
A lay or skein containing 120 yards of yarn.
Rap \Rap\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rapped (r[a^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. Rapping.] [Akin to Sw. rappa to strike, rapp stroke, Dan. rap, perhaps of imitative origin.] To strike with a quick, sharp blow; to knock; as, to rap on the door.
Rap \Rap\, v. t.
To strike with a quick blow; to knock on.
With one great peal they rap the door.
(Founding) To free (a pattern) in a mold by light blows on the pattern, so as to facilitate its removal.
Rap \Rap\, n. A quick, smart blow; a knock.
Rap \Rap\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rapped (r[a^]pt), usually written Rapt; p. pr. & vb. n. Rapping.] [OE. rapen; akin to LG. & D. rapen to snatch, G. raffen, Sw. rappa; cf. Dan. rappe sig to make haste, and Icel. hrapa to fall, to rush, hurry. The word has been confused with L. rapere to seize. Cf. Rape robbery, Rapture, Raff, v., Ramp, v.]
To snatch away; to seize and hurry off.
And through the Greeks and Ilians they rapt The whirring chariot.
From Oxford I was rapt by my nephew, Sir Edmund Bacon, to Redgrove.
--Sir H. Wotton.
To hasten. [Obs.]
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.
Rapt into future times, the bard begun.
To exchange; to truck. [Obs. & Low]
To engage in a discussion, converse.
(ca. 1985) to perform a type of rhythmic talking, often with accompanying rhythm instruments. It is considered by some as a type of music; see rap music.
To rap and ren, To rap and rend. [Perhaps fr. Icel. hrapa to hurry and r[ae]na plunder, fr. r[=a]n plunder, E. ran.] 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.
To rap out, to utter with sudden violence, as an oath.
A judge who rapped out a great oath.
Rap \Rap\, n. [Perhaps contr. fr. raparee.] 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.
Tie it [her money] up so tight that you can't touch a
rap, save with her consent.
Not to care a rap, to care nothing.
Not worth a rap, worth nothing.
Rap \Rap\, n.
conversation; also, rapping.
(ca. 1985) a type of rhythmic talking, often with accompanying rhythm instruments; rap music.
RAP (football club)
RAP was a Dutch football (soccer) club based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, that played in the Netherlands Football League Championship. The club played from 1887 to 1914, and were the first official football champion of the Netherlands ever in the 1899 season. (The unofficial winner of the first edition in 1888-1889 was won by VV Concordia from Rotterdam).
Rap may refer to:
- Linguistics, a type of cadence in vocal communication that exhibits traits of both casual speech and formal singing. Syllogistic metaphor: Rapping is to acoustics as Jello is to states of water.
- Rap, a term used in the 1960s Afro-American and hippie cultures to describe the act of talking or discussion, especially freely, openly, or volubly. "Achieving rapport with random talk".
- Rap, a genre of music, now widely considered to be a subgenre of Hip hop music, in which a performer speaks syncopated rhyming lyrics, often, but not always, over a musical rhythm and/or melody accompaniment (typically drums or electronic).
- Rap, the act of performing rap music or Rapping.
Rapper may refer to:
- Rapper sword, a kind of sword dance associated with the North-East of England
- Rapper, a performer of rap music vocals or rapping, now often referred to as an MC.
RAP may refer to:
- RAP sheet (Record of Arrest and Prosecution), a criminal record.
- Rapid Refresh, a numerical weather prediction model which forecasts conditions within the next 12 hours for the United States, run hourly
- Recognized Air Picture (RAP)
- Rent Assessment Panel for Scotland, now the Private Rented Housing Panel
- Eclipse Foundation's Remote Application Platform, a software platform for developing Rich Internet Applications
- the IATA airport code for Rapid City Regional Airport
- Rassemblement pour l'alternative progressiste, a political party in Quebec
- Regimental Aid Post
- Restricted Area Permit, permitting entry into certain areas of India
- Retirement annuity plan, a type of pension plan in the UK
- Rocket Assisted Projectile
- Route Access Protocol, a general protocol for distributing routing information at all levels of the Internet
- Rule against perpetuities, a legal doctrine from the common law of real property
- Right atrial pressure, a term describing the hydraulic pressure in a chamber of the heart
- The Recognition and Prevention Program, a research center and clinic at the Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, New York dedicated to the early detection and prevention of psychosis
- EMC Corporation's Resource Administration Platform: a flat-file database containing configuration details for all Legato NetWorker backup resources
- Remote Application Platform, software project to ease creation of rich Internet applications
- Random Access Point, a point in an encoded media stream, such as MPEG transport stream, that can be accessed directly, i.e., without decoding before and after the point.
- Rassemblement Africain pour le Progrès et la Solidarité Nationale, French for African Rally for Progress and National Solidarity, a former political party in Benin
- Rural Alliance Party, a defunct political party in the Solomon Islands
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1300, "a quick, light blow, stroke," also "a fart" (late 15c.), native or borrowed from a Scandinavian source (compare Danish rap, Swedish rapp "light blow"); either way probably of imitative origin (compare slap, clap).\n
\nSlang meaning "rebuke, blame, responsibility" is from 1777; specific meaning "criminal indictment" (as in rap sheet, 1960) is from 1903. To beat the rap is from 1927. Meaning "music with improvised words" first in New York City slang, 1979 (see rap (v.2)).
mid-14c., "strike, smite, knock," from rap (n.). Related: Rapped; rapping. To rap (someone's) knuckles "give light punishment" is from 1749. Related: Rapped; rapping.
"talk informally, chat," 1929, popularized c.1965 in Black English, possibly first in Caribbean English and from British slang meaning "say, utter" (1879), originally "to utter a sudden oath" (1540s), ultimately from rap (n.). As a noun in this sense from 1898. Meaning "to perform rap music" is recorded by 1979. Related: Rapped; rapping.
Etymology 1 n. 1 (context countable English) A sharp blow with something hard. 2 (context uncountable English) Blame (for something). 3 (context informal English) A casual talk 4 (context uncountable English) rap music. 5 A song, verse, or instance of singing in the style of rap music. Etymology 2
vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To strike something sharply with one's knuckles; knock. 2 (context transitive dated English) To strike with a quick blow; to knock on. 3 (context metalworking English) To free (a pattern) in a mould by light blows on the pattern, so as to facilitate its removal. 4 (context ambitransitive English) To speak (lyrics) in the style of rap music. Etymology 3
n. A lay or skein containing 120 yards of yarn. Etymology 4
n. 1 Any of the tokens that passed current for a halfpenny in Ireland in the early part of the eighteenth century; any coin of trifle value. 2 A whit; a jot.
n. a reproach for some lapse or misdeed; "he took the blame for it"; "it was a bum rap" [syn: blame]
Usage examples of "rap".
If the butler could have snorted, or the rector have rapped out an uncomplimentary adjective, the duchess would have felt cheered.
As you shape your customer profile, recognize that your advertising must reach your largest customer group and must also convey specialties that exist in your store, such as jazz, blues, rock V roll, rap or classical.
He tried to slug the apish Monk in the pit of the stomach, and the sound was much as if his knuckles had rapped a hard wall.
Real-Being of all that authentically is--in the Real-Being which looks, rapt, towards the very Highest.
The prince began reproaching him for what he had said the day before, but the Neapolitan, far from denying the fact, expressed himself that he had felt himself obliged to shew his respect for his prince by letting him rap him about for upwards of two hours.
There was a rap on the door and Bunning gasped, stepped back against the wall, his face white, his knees trembling.
She rapped the simian Cabalist with her knuckles and gestured to the door.
Then, leaping upon the horse, whose bridle he was holding, he forced it to rear, caracole and display its spirit and its paces before Domini, sitting it superbly, and shooting many sly glances at Suzanne, who leaned over the parapet of the verandah watching, with a rapt expression on her face.
He explained them at great length to Cilia, who used every particle of her acting ability in looking rapt with fascination.
She was somewhat relieved to find that a lecture on the credit control implications of time travel was sufficient to hold the rapt if slightly incomprehending attention of the three youth leaders from clade Todt, whatever that was.
And as he dances he begins speaking in bursts: a rap of the crocs, a rap of speech.
With a jutting knuckle, Willie rapped sharply on the dorsum of the gun hand, and caught the gun as it fell from momentarily powerless fingers.
Moreover, he was in time to spy Durand, because the professor was detained by a locked door at which he had stopped to rap.
Finding the door ajar, he rapped on it with his knuckles and pushed through to discover Ebby sitting with his feet propped up on the sill.
Beat just enough to make smooth, then fold in lightly the stiffly beaten whites of two eggs and pour into an oblong shallow pan that is buttered, floured and rapped to shake out all that is superfluous.