What does nap mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sleep, napnoun

    a period of time spent sleeping

    "he felt better after a little sleep"; "there wasn't time for a nap"

  2. napnoun

    a soft or fuzzy surface texture

  3. pile, napnoun

    the yarn (as in a rug or velvet or corduroy) that stands up from the weave

    "for uniform color and texture tailors cut velvet with the pile running the same direction"

  4. nap, catnap, cat sleep, forty winks, short sleep, snoozenoun

    sleeping for a short period of time (usually not in bed)

  5. Napoleon, napverb

    a card game similar to whist; usually played for stakes

  6. nap, catnap, catch a winkverb

    take a siesta

    "She naps everyday after lunch for an hour"


  1. Napverb

    To be in a careless, secure state; to be unprepared; as, to be caught napping. Wyclif.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NAPnoun

    Etymology: hnœppan , Saxon, to sleep.

    Mopsa sat swallowing of sleep with open mouth making such a noise, as no body could lay the stealing of a nap to her charge. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Let your bounty
    Take a nap, and I will awake it anon. William Shakespeare.

    The sun had long since in the lap
    Of Thetis, taken out his nap. Hudibras, p. ii.

    So long as I’m at the forge you are still taking your nap. Roger L'Estrange, Fab.

    Amongst those leaves she made a butterfly
    With excellent device and wondrous flight;
    The velvet nap, which on his wings doth lie,
    The silken down, with which his back is dight. Edmund Spenser.

    Jack Cade the clothier, means to dress the Commonwealth, and set a new nap upon it. William Shakespeare.

    Plants, though they have no prickles, have a kind of downy or velvet rind upon their leaves; which down or nap cometh of a subtil spirit, in a soft or fat substance. Francis Bacon.

    Ah! where must needy poet seek for aid
    When dust and rain at once his coat invade;
    His only coat! where dust confus’d with rain
    Roughens the nap, and leaves a mingled stain. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Nap

    A nap is a short period of sleep, typically taken during daytime hours as an adjunct to the usual nocturnal sleep period. Naps are most often taken as a response to drowsiness during waking hours. A nap is a form of biphasic or polyphasic sleep, where the latter terms also include longer periods of sleep in addition to one single period. For years, scientists have been investigating the benefits of napping, including the 30-minute nap as well as sleep durations of 1–2 hours. Performance across a wide range of cognitive processes has been tested.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Napverb

    to have a short sleep; to be drowsy; to doze

  2. Napverb

    to be in a careless, secure state

  3. Napnoun

    a short sleep; a doze; a siesta

  4. Napnoun

    woolly or villous surface of felt, cloth, plants, etc.; an external covering of down, of short fine hairs or fibers forming part of the substance of anything, and lying smoothly in one direction; the pile; -- as, the nap of cotton flannel or of broadcloth

  5. Napnoun

    the loops which are cut to make the pile, in velvet

  6. Napverb

    to raise, or put, a nap on

  7. Etymology: [OE. noppe, AS. hnoppa; akin to D. nop, Dan. noppe, LG. nobbe.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nap

    nap, n. a short sleep.—v.i. to take a short sleep: to feel drowsy and secure:—pr.p. nap′ping; pa.p. napped.—Catch napping, to come upon unprepared. [A.S. hnappian; cf. Ger. nicken, to nod.]

  2. Nap

    nap, n. the woolly substance on the surface of cloth: the downy covering of plants.—v.t. to raise a nap on.—ns. Nap′-mē′ter, a machine for testing the wearing strength of cloth; Nap′piness.—adj. Nap′py. [M. E. noppe: the same as knop.]

  3. Nap

    nap, n. a game of cards—Napoleon (q.v.).

  4. Nap

    nap, v.t. to seize, to take hold of, steal.

Suggested Resources

  1. NAP

    What does NAP stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the NAP acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Nap

    A game of cards, originally named after Napoleon I.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. NAP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nap is ranked #111426 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Nap surname appeared 158 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Nap.

    89.8% or 142 total occurrences were White.
    8.2% or 13 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nap in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of nap in a Sentence

  1. Christina Torino-Benton:

    I tried for maybe two minutes to allow some family members to calm her down, but having missed her nap, and in that heat, it wasn’t going to happen, there was no question. I had to nurse, and I wasn’t hesitant about that at all.

  2. Thomas Duconseille:

    I enjoy walking in the mountains with the rest of the group, and I’m also a runner, so I like going for a run at the 1.2-mile-long airstrip. But usually, on Sunday, I’ll read, take a nap, and prepare for the week ahead.

  3. Chuangshi Wang:

    In these individuals, a daytime nap seemed to compensate for the lack of sleep at night and to mitigate the risks.

  4. Jane Fallon:

    I get up, I play, I have soup, lentil soup, I have a little nap like a toddler and then Im ready to go again.

  5. Cedric Alexander:

    Video footage captured from police body cameras shows Atlanta police officers talking with Rayshard Brooks moments before Rayshard Brooks was shot in a Wendys parking lot. Officer Devin Bronsan arrived inthe area after a 911 complaintof someone sleeping in a car. Rayshard Brooks said Rayshard Brooks drank a small amount of alcohol and was administered afield sobriety test. Hisblood-alcohol levelregistered at.108, above the.08 legal limit. I think youve had too much to drink to be driving, said Officer Garrett Rolfe, who responded to the scene after Officer Devin Bronsan, beforehe tried to arrest Rayshard Brooks. A struggle ensuedand the officers bodycams wereknocked to the ground. They could be heard yelling, Youre going to get Tased ! Stop fighting ! ATLANTA ERUPTS AFTER Rayshard Brooks DEATH PROMPTS POLICE CHIEF TO STEP DOWN This screen grab taken from body camera video provided by the Atlanta Police Department shows Rayshard Brooks speaking with Officer Garrett Rolfe in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant, late Friday, June 12, 2020, in Atlanta. Garrett Rolfe has been fired following the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks and a second officer has been placed on administrative duty. ( Atlanta Police Department via AP) At one point Rayshard Brooks appears to grab Bronsans Taser. Hands off Bronsans Taser ! an officer said. Rayshard Brooks fled from the officers and turnedaround with the stun gun before Rayshard Brooks was shot. It does appear in the video that Rayshard Brooks is fleeing from the Atlanta police officers, that as hes fleeing Rayshard Brooks turns back over Rayshard Brooks shoulder with what appears to the naked eye to be Rayshard Brooks Taser that the eyewitnesses told us they saw the individual have that belonged to one of the officers, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vic Reynolds said Saturday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. An autopsy found that Rayshard Brooks suffered to two gunshot wounds to Rayshard Brooks back. The Fulton County Medical Examiner ruled Rayshard Brooks deatha homicide. Garrett Rolfe has not been charged in Rayshard Brooks death but was fired from the force Sunday. Cedric Alexander, the former public safety director of Dekalb County, Ga., who now works as a police consultant, told the Associated Press that the shooting will lead to questions over how officers could have defused the situation. Heres a man who took Dekalb County upon Cedric Alexander to pull off the road to take a nap.

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