nap

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v nap take a siesta "She naps everyday after lunch for an hour"
    • n nap a card game similar to whist; usually played for stakes
    • n nap sleeping for a short period of time (usually not in bed)
    • n nap 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"
    • n nap a soft or fuzzy surface texture
    • n nap a period of time spent sleeping "he felt better after a little sleep","there wasn't time for a nap"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ellen Macarthur, yachtswoman, had a total of 891 naps in 94 days that were each 36 minutes long while on her Vendee Round the Globe yacht race
    • n Nap A short sleep; a doze; a siesta.
    • n Nap Same as Napoleon, 1, below.
    • Nap The loops which are cut to make the pile, in velvet.
    • Nap To be in a careless, secure state; to be unprepared; as, to be caught napping . "I took thee napping , unprepared."
    • Nap To have a short sleep; to be drowsy; to doze.
    • v. t Nap To raise, or put, a nap on.
    • Nap 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dall's porpoise never sleeps, elephants sleep two hours a day, horses nap standing up, and Sitatunga antelopes can sleep submerged
    • nap To have a short sleep; be drowsy.
    • nap To detect in the very act: hence the phrase in the quotation.
    • n nap A short sleep.
    • n nap The woolly or villous substance on the surface of cloth, felt, or other fabric. It is of many varieties, as the uniform short pile of velvet, the knotted pile of frieze and other heavy water proof cloths, etc. Compare pile.
    • n nap Some covering resembling the nap of cloth.
    • n nap A felted cloth used in polishing glass, marble, etc.
    • n nap plural The loops of the warp in uncut velvet, which, when cut, form tho pile.
    • n nap Dress; form; presentation.
    • nap To raise or put a nap on.
    • n nap A beaker.
    • n nap A knob; a protuberance; the top of a hill.
    • nap To seize; grasp.
    • nap To strike.
    • nap To cheat.
    • n nap An abbreviated form of napoleon, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sometimes, early telephone operators would get to know their customers so well, the customers would ask for a reminder call when it was time to remove a cake from the oven, leave the phone off the hook near their sleeping child when they left the house, hoping the operator would hear any cries of distress, request a wake up call before taking a long nap.
    • n Nap nap a short sleep
    • v.i Nap to take a short sleep: to feel drowsy and secure:—pr.p. nap′ping; pa.p. napped
    • n Nap nap the woolly substance on the surface of cloth: the downy covering of plants
    • v.t Nap to raise a nap on
    • n Nap nap a game of cards—Napoleon (q.v.).
    • v.t Nap nap to seize, to take hold of, steal.
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Quotations

  • Bob Hope
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    “I don't generally feel anything until noon, then it's time for my nap.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Set aside half an hour every day to do all your worrying; then take a nap during this period.”

Idioms

Cat nap - If you have a short sleep during the day, you are cat napping.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. nappen, AS. hnæppian, to take a nap, to slumber; cf. AS. hnipian, to bend one's self, Icel. hnipna, hnīpa, to droop

Usage

In literature:

It is then ready for napping.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
But, in making himself comfortable, he aroused Uncle Remus from his nap.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
The children were still in the habit of taking an afternoon nap.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
If he wants to take a nap, he lies down with his ear to an open skylight.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
One day, however, he caught the monkey napping.
"Fairy Tales from Brazil" by Elsie Spicer Eells
He thought the case was hopeless; he had let himself be caught napping.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
I shall probably take a little nap myself, as I often do after dinner, sitting here in my chair.
"Hildegarde's Holiday" by Laura E. Richards
And he must be taking a nap inside his house.
"The Tale of Master Meadow Mouse" by Arthur Scott Bailey
He's been living out at Poplar Valley and he writes me that he has gone out west, and wants me to take 'old Nap.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
This time he was looking forward to even a longer nap in the sun than he had had the day before.
"The Tale of Billy Woodchuck" by Arthur Scott Bailey
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In poetry:

Our Samson took an holy nap
Upon our feeble nature's lap:
He wand'ring in a pilgrim's weed,
Did taste our griefs, to help our need.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
Quoth he "That's regular clap-trap:
Don't bluster any more.
Now DO be cool and take a nap!
Such a ridiculous old chap
Was never seen before!
"Phantasmagoria Canto VI ( Dyscomfyture )" by Lewis Carroll
Said Belgium,--"When armies immense
Pour over my boundary fence,
I'll awake from my nap,
And put up a scrap
They'll remember a hundred years hence."
"Modern Diplomacy, Or How The War Was Started" by Abner Cosens
I place you in the sunny ground, with a
mother's sweet care for her napping child,
and the earth will be a soft cradle
when it receives your hurt childlike body.
"Death Sonnet I" by Gabriela Mistral
Great are their Dangers, manifold their Cares;
Thro which, whilst others Sleep, they scarcely Nap
And yet are oft surprized unawares,
And fall unwitting into Envies Trap!
"Vanity of Vanities" by Michael Wigglesworth
Old Father Time, one day
In his study, so they say,
Was indulging in a surreptitious nap,
When from his drowsy dreams
He was wakened, as it seems,
By a timid but persistent little rap.
"A Valuable Gift" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

But it was a great showing for a holiday weekend when many were ready for a nap after the relatives left the house.
In my world baseball and fishing are a lot alike, they both make for great naps.
Mayhem of messing with nap time.
(CBS News) Nap Nanny infant recliners can cause serious harm to kids, the federal government said in an administrative complaint filed Wednesday.
Leslie Gudel with a version of her company's Nap Nanny .
Nap Nanny , a portable baby recliner, poses "a substantial risk of injury and death to infants," says the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The maker of the Nap Nanny , Baby Matteres, rejects the CPSC.
Feds File Suit Against Nap Nanny Maker After Five Infant Deaths.
Safety Commission demands 'Nap Nanny ' recall.
But there's some solid research suggesting that napping can make you more productive and focused.
Its called the Nap Nanny Chills.
Feel like a long nap .
Many critters, large and small, have already settled down for a long winter's nap or are getting ready to settle down.
Leslie Gudel with a version of her company's Nap Nanny.
Nap Nanny, a portable baby recliner, poses "a substantial risk of injury and death to infants," says the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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In science:

If P is minimal, then P AP is the radical of the artinian ring AP , so that P nAP is eventually zero and therefore the sequence AP /P nAP eventually stabilizes.
The space of finitely generated rings
Nap is the galaxy number count density contrast smoothed with a compensated filter.
Gravitational Lensing by Large Scale Structures: A Review
Therefore, Nap is similar to Map , except that it applies to the number count instead to the shear.
Gravitational Lensing by Large Scale Structures: A Review
If one chooses the number count fluctuations Nap to be a foreground galaxy population with a narrow redshift distribution, then the biasing and cross-correlation b and r emerging from Eq(55) will be relatively localized in redshift AND wavelength.
Gravitational Lensing by Large Scale Structures: A Review
This is illustrated by the case of an operad built on rooted trees, the NAP operad, where the incidence Hopf algebra is identified with the ConnesKreimer Hopf algebra of rooted trees.
Relating two Hopf algebras built from an operad
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