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Frap \Frap\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Frapped; p. pr. & vb. n. Frapping.] [Cf. F. frapper to strike, to seize ropes. Cf. Affrap.]

  1. (Naut.) To draw together; to bind with a view to secure and strengthen, as a vessel by passing cables around it; to tighten; as a tackle by drawing the lines together.

  2. To brace by drawing together, as the cords of a drum.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to strike, smite," early 14c., from Old French fraper "to strike, hit, beat," in nautical use "fix, fasten" (12c., Modern French frapper), cognate with Italian frappare "to strike," which is of unknown origin, perhaps imitative (compare rap (n.)). Nautical sense of "bind tightly" is from 1540s. Related: Frapped; frapping.


Etymology 1 vb. (context nautical English) To draw together tightly. Etymology 2

n. (context informal English) frappuccino

  1. v. make secure by lashing; "frap a sail"

  2. take up the slack of; "frap a rope"

  3. [also: frapping, frapped]


FRAP or frap may stand for:

FRAP (Chile)

The FRAP (, Popular Action Front) was a Chilean left-wing coalition of parties from 1956 to 1969. It presented twice a common candidate, Salvador Allende, for the 1958 and the 1964 presidential elections. Succeeding to the FRENAP formed the preceding year, the FRAP itself was succeeded by the Popular Unity coalition.

Usage examples of "frap".

The new bowsprit was home by half past ten, gammoned and frapped by eleven, and the new jibboom rigged out, with all stays and shrouds set up by the depth of low tide.

But on the other hand an immense amount of work had been done, from laying out the dead to securing the guns and frapping the breechings.

Yet wealthy Windsor Farmers, as Cutchins jealously called them, still went out to get the newspaper or worked in their gardens and yards or sat by their pools or chatted with neighbors or frapped around the house with alarm systems off and doors unlocked.

When Jack Aubrey brought his ship into the fleet at the rendezvous south-east of Toulon she had three turns of twelve-inch cable frapped about her and a spare sprit sail, thick with tarred oakum, drawn under her bottom.

While Charlie finished frapping and tying, Keene searched around and experimented with various shapes cut from the waterside growths to make a couple of paddles.

It isn't just frapping oars with bits of canvas, it's the whole attitude of the men in the boat - not to bellow an oath if they stub their toes, not to smuggle drink into the boat on the pretext of drinking it to keep warm .

It starts in a pit, on a guy working on some fiber optics, and all the monitors are fritzing and frapping, and there's flashing lights and stuff's not working properly, because the Cardassians wrecked the place when they left.