What does nap mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sleep, nap(noun)

    a period of time spent sleeping

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

  2. nap(noun)

    a soft or fuzzy surface texture

  3. pile, nap(noun)

    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, snooze(noun)

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

  5. Napoleon, nap(verb)

    a card game similar to whist; usually played for stakes

  6. nap, catnap, catch a wink(verb)

    take a siesta

    "She naps everyday after lunch for an hour"


  1. Nap(v. i.)

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

  2. Origin: [OE. nappen, AS. hnppian to take a nap, to slumber; cf. AS. hnipian to bend one's self, Icel. hnipna, hnpa, to droop.]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nap(verb)

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

  2. Nap(verb)

    to be in a careless, secure state

  3. Nap(noun)

    a short sleep; a doze; a siesta

  4. Nap(noun)

    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. Nap(noun)

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

  6. Nap(verb)

    to raise, or put, a nap on

  7. Origin: [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.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Nap

    A game of cards, originally named after Napoleon I.

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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. Michael Grandner:

    Rather than a nap by necessity, this is a nap by choice.

  2. Bob Hope:

    I don't generally feel anything until noon then it's time for my nap.

  3. Bob Hope:

    I don't generally feel anything until noon, then it's time for my nap.

  4. Charles Scott:

    If you care mostly about optimal performance, you would nap after lunch.

  5. Martha Stewart:

    I catnap now and then, but I think while I nap, so it's not a waste of time.

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