• WordNet 3.6
    • v rap talk volubly
    • v rap strike sharply "rap him on the knuckles"
    • v rap perform rap music
    • v rap make light, repeated taps on a surface "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"
    • n rap the act of hitting vigorously "he gave the table a whack"
    • n rap a reproach for some lapse or misdeed "he took the blame for it","it was a bum rap"
    • n rap genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical accompaniment; several forms of rap have emerged
    • n rap voluble conversation
    • n rap the sound made by a gentle blow
    • n rap a gentle blow
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: L.L. Cool J is the only rap star to have performed at a presidential inaugural concert. He performed at Bill Clinton's gala in 1993.
    • n Rap răp A lay or skein containing 120 yards of yarn.
    • n Rap A popular name for any of the tokens that passed current for a half-penny in Ireland in the early part of the eighteenth century; any coin of trifling value. "Many counterfeits passed about under the name of raps .""Tie it [her money] up so tight that you can't touch a rap , save with her consent."
    • n Rap A quick, smart blow; a knock.
    • Rap To engage in a discussion, converse.
    • Rap To exchange; to truck.
    • Rap (Founding) To free (a pattern) in a mold by light blows on the pattern, so as to facilitate its removal.
    • Rap To hasten.
    • Rap to perform a type of rhythmic talking, often with accompanying rhythm instruments. It is considered by some as a type of music; see rap music.
    • Rap To seize and bear away, as the mind or thoughts; to transport out of one's self; to affect with ecstasy or rapture; as, rapt into admiration. "I'm rapt with joy to see my Marcia's tears.""Rapt into future times, the bard begun."
    • Rap To snatch away; to seize and hurry off. "And through the Greeks and Ilians they rapt The whirring chariot.""From Oxford I was rapt by my nephew, Sir Edmund Bacon, to Redgrove."
    • Rap To strike with a quick blow; to knock on. "With one great peal they rap the door."
    • v. i Rap To strike with a quick, sharp blow; to knock; as, to rap on the door.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rap artist Sean "Puffy" Combs had his first job at age two when he modeled in an ad for Baskin-Robbins ice-cream shops.
    • rap To beat upon; strike heavily or smartly; give a quick, sharp blow to, as with the fist, a door-knocker, a stick, or the like; knock upon.
    • rap To use in striking; make a blow or blows with.
    • rap To utter sharply: speak out: usually with out (see phrase below).
    • rap To produce or indicate by rapping sounds; impart by a series of significant raps: as, to rap out a communication or a signal: used specifically of the supposed transmission of spiritual intelligence in this way through the instrumentality of mediums.
    • rap Synonyms To thump, whack.
    • rap To deal a heavy blow or heavy blows; beat.
    • rap To fall with a stroke or blow; drop so as to strike.
    • rap To strike a quick, sharp blow; make a sound by knocking, as on a door: as, to rap for admittance.
    • rap To take an oath; swear; especially, to swear falsely: compare to rap out , above.
    • n rap A heavy or quick, smart, blow; a sharp or resounding knock; concussion from striking.
    • n rap A sound produced by knocking, as at a door, or by any sharp concussion; specifically, in modern spiritualism, a ticking or knocking noise produced by no apparent physical means, and ascribed to the agency of disembodied spirits.
    • rap To snatch or hurry away; seize by violence; carry off; transport; ravish.
    • rap To transport out of one's self; affect with ecstasy or rapture; carry away; absorb; engross.
    • rap To scratch.
    • n rap A counterfeit coin of bad metal which passed current in Ireland for a halfpenny in the reign of George I., before the issue of Wood's halfpence. Its intrinsic value was half a farthing. Hence the phrases not worth a rap, to care not a rap, implying something of no value.
    • n rap A Middle English form of rope.
    • n rap A Middle English preterit of reap.
    • n rap A lay or skein of yarn containing 120 yards.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rap rap a sharp blow: a knock, or a sound made by knocking: a counterfeit coin current in Ireland for a halfpenny in the time of George I
    • Rap hence, 'Not worth a rap.'—v.t. and v.i. to strike with a quick blow: to knock: to utter sharply, as to rap out a lie: to swear falsely:—pr.p. rap′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. rapped
    • v.t Rap rap to seize and carry off: to transport out of one's self: to affect with rapture
    • pr.p Rap rap′ping; pa.p. rapped or rapt
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles.”
  • Richard M. Nixon
    “I often thought that if there had been a good rap group around in those days, I might have chosen a career in music instead of politics.”


Beat the rap - If you beat the rap, you escape conviction and punishment for a crime or something you have done wrong.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. rapen,; akin to LG. & D. rapen, to snatch, G. raffen, Sw. rappa,; cf. Dan. rappe sig, to make haste, and Icel. hrapa, to fall, to rush, hurry. The word has been confused with L. rapere, to seize. Cf. Rape robbery, Rapture Raff (v.) Ramp (v.)


In literature:

Suddenly there came a sharp rap upon the door, then a pause; but its quick reverberations were unheeded by the prostrate man.
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
The landlord went before her, rapped at the opposite door, then opened it, announced the visitor, and closed it behind her.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Rappings resounded from the walls.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
A little later, after the stir and sound of voices had died away, light footsteps fell on my ear, and there was a rap at the door.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
Unable longer to restrain herself, she rapped and beat upon her own door, crying aloud for deliverance.
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
The five raps was a signal that he had not used for a long time.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
He rapped again, with the same result.
"The Bag of Diamonds" by George Manville Fenn
Mrs. Handsomebody rapped her ruler in his direction.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
You may also ask for a certain number of movements or raps.
"Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers" by Bhakta Vishita
Now bend your necks and say 'Rap!
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry

In poetry:

Rap! rap!--Is that my lass--
Rap! rap!--is rapping there?
It is Fortune. Let her pass!
I'll not open the door to her.
Rap! rap!--
"Fortune" by Pierre Jean de Beranger
All of my friends are making gay
My little room, with lips wine-wet:
We only wait for you, Lisette!
Fortune! you may go your way.
Rap! rap!--
"Fortune" by Pierre Jean de Beranger
How easily I flame! the sun
is not more prone to burn--be frightening,
scream at me: leave the fire alone!
Rap my hands with your bolt of lightning.
"Tumble Out Of The Flood: [Bukj föl az árból]" by Attila Jozsef
Loudly they rapped on the cottage door
—There were muffled sounds—within!
Someone was moving—or walking about
—Whichever it might have been.
"The Travellers aka Twas a Dark and Stormy Night! (with knobs on)" by T W Connor
If we might credit half her boast,
What wonders gold has in its gift!
Well, we have twenty bottles left
And still some credit with our host.
Rap! rap!--
"Fortune" by Pierre Jean de Beranger
But one fair boy won Life from Death
By that quick faith that childhood hath;
And cried, with gaze past present things,
"P'raps baby's trying her new wings."
"Life In Death" by Sarah Anne Curzon

In news:

Rap's most popular, most talented MC -- at one point in the running to grace the cover of Time as Person of the Year -- is a white kid from a Detroit trailer park.
Most pro athletes get a bad rap.
GAO raps Defense for transparency.
The Los Angeles rap group Cypress Hill proudly unveiled a prop during its set on Wednesday night at Roseland.
LAWRENCE ISN'T a violent felon or a stickup artist with a lengthy rap sheet.
It only took some scary, famous rap guys to start fighting, first.
From Wall Street Headhunter To Indie Rap Mogul: Das Racist's Himanshu Suri.
Are popular drugs getting a bad rap because they're in the headlines.
Herbert Hoover 's bad rap.
News Did you read about defending Guy Fieri, Herman Melville and SciFi, and jazz/rap brains.
Twenty-nine-year-old Herschel has been making music for almost a decade—longer if you count the raps he wrote in high school.
And no long after that, Bob Dylan's 15-year-old grandson Pablo Dylan announced his own foray into rap.
Born Herbert Anthony Stevens IV, Ab-Soul, 25, has spent the last few years as the secret weapon of Los Angeles rap collective Black Hippy .
The Lakers have provided plenty of reasons for Ice Cube to rap his famed classic "It Was a Good Day.".
Is the Rage Behind Ice Cube 's Rodney-King Rap Still Burning.

In science:

We show that if m > (k − 1)2 , then a standard RAP which contains a zero in each row must have a column which belongs to every k − 1-cover.
A Proof of Parisi's Conjecture on the Random Assignment Problem
We know from Section 5 that for fixed k , whenever m or n is large, the cover formula (2) for standard RAP’s holds.
A Proof of Parisi's Conjecture on the Random Assignment Problem
We prove this by induction over a class of RAP’s which includes not only standard RAP’s.
A Proof of Parisi's Conjecture on the Random Assignment Problem
We introduce the concept of an RAP-sequence.
A Proof of Parisi's Conjecture on the Random Assignment Problem
In the first n0 columns, the matrix elements of the various RAP’s differ only in that the first index of the variables is changed.
A Proof of Parisi's Conjecture on the Random Assignment Problem