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Knap \Knap\, v. i. To make a sound of snapping.


Knap \Knap\, n. A sharp blow or slap.


Knap \Knap\ (n[a^]p), n. [AS. cn[ae]p, cn[ae]pp, top, knob, button; cf. Icel. knappr knob, Sw. knapp, Dan. knap button, W., Gael., & Ir. cnap knob, button, and E. knop.] A protuberance; a swelling; a knob; a button; hence, rising ground; a summit. See Knob, and Knop.

The highest part and knap of the same island.


Knap \Knap\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Knapped; p. pr. & vb. n. Knapping.] [D. knappen to chew, bite, crack, take hold of; prob. of imitative origin.]

  1. To bite; to bite off; to break short. [Obs. or Prov. Eng. ]

    He will knap the spears apieces with his teeth.
    --Dr. H. More.

    He breaketh the bow, and knappeth the spear in sunder.
    --Ps. xlvi. 9 (Book of Common Prayer.)

  2. To strike smartly; to rap; to snap. [Chiefly Brit.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to strike with a sharp sound," late 15c., echoic. Earlier (c.1400) as a noun meaning "abrupt stroke." Related: Knapped; knapping.


Etymology 1 n. A sharp blow or slap. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To shape a vitreous mineral (flint, obsidian, chert etc.) by breaking away flakes, often forming a sharp edge or point. 2 (context transitive English) To rap or strike sharply. 3 (context obsolete UK dialect English) To bite; to bite off; to break short. 4 To make a sound of snapping. Etymology 2

n. 1 A protuberance; a swelling; a knob. 2 The crest of a hill 3 A small hill

  1. v. strike sharply; "rap him on the knuckles" [syn: rap]

  2. break a small piece off from; "chip the glass"; "chip a tooth" [syn: chip, cut off, break off]

  3. [also: knapping, knapped]


Knap is a surname, and may refer to:

  • Josef Knap (1900–1973), Czech writer, poet and literary critic
  • Ted Knap (21st century), American journalist
  • Tony Knap (born 1914), college football head coach at Utah State, Boise State, and UNLV

Usage examples of "knap".

Wat was hij flink gebouwd, en wat zag hij er knap uit met zijne vroolijke, blauwgrijze oogen, zijn dikke snor en zijne mooie, witte tanden!

He used a special sharp flint blade, one that he knapped himself and replaced when needed, to shave himself every morning.

Then, from the prepared flint nodules he had with him, Jondalar knapped new blades and attached them to the spear shafts with the thick glue he had made as a coating for the boat, and fresh sinew.

With a section of antler beam, she quickly knapped off a new edge, the long flakes driven off by her expert hand.

He could preshape the stone so that the flakes he knapped off would have the size and shape he wanted.

While the rabbit was cooking, she knapped herself a hand-axe the way she had learned by watching Droog, and with it chopped down a green branch to make a digging stick.

She nicked out flat stones to make a deeper well for fat for lamps, and she dried new moss wicks, knapped a new set of knives, scrapers, saws, borers, and axes, searched the seashore for shells to make spoons, ladles, and small dishes.

France, plus two broken pieces of an Indian spearpoint knapped from a bright-red stone that he was sure was jasper.

Once, as a boy, he had found a place where Abel, his older brother, had knapped out a burin.

Other men cut leather shapes from hides stretched on the ground, braided thongs into ropes, worked with bronze chisel and adze and stone scraper on the growing frame of a chariot, knapped stone into everyday tools for tasks too mundane to rate the precious bronze.

France, plus two broken pieces of an Indian spear point knapped from a bright-red stone that he was sure was jasper.

They had a handful of stones which they knapped quickly to make knives and borers, and with these they worked the food they had managed to gather during the day within a few hundred meters of the hut.

For weapons, they had obsidian-tipped spears and short composite swords that were edged with thin metal strips or knapped stone.

If she was going to do some serious flint knapping, she needed an anvil, something to support the stone while she worked it.

Her prodigious research, begun in 1977, has led her to prehistoric sites in Europe to add to her firsthand knowledge of such arts as flint knapping, the construction of snow caves, tanning hides, and gathering and preparing wild foods and medicinal plants and herbs.