• WordNet 3.6
    • adj rapt feeling great rapture or delight
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rapt răpt imp. & p. p. of Rap, to snatch away.
    • Rapt An ecstasy; a trance.
    • Rapt Rapidity.
    • Rapt Snatched away; hurried away or along. "Waters rapt with whirling away."
    • Rapt To carry away by force.
    • Rapt To transport or ravish.
    • Rapt Transported with love, admiration, delight, etc.; enraptured. "The rapt musician."
    • Rapt Wholly absorbed or engrossed, as in work or meditation. "Rapt in secret studies."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rapt A preterit and past participle of rap.
    • rapt Seized with ecstasy; transported; exalted; ecstatic; in a state of rapture.
    • rapt To seize or grasp; seize and carry off; ravish.
    • rapt To transport as with ecstasy; enrapture.
    • n rapt Transporting force or energy; resistless movement.
    • n rapt An ecstasy; a trance.
    • n rapt A carrying off; an abduction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Rapt rapt raised to rapture: transported: ravished
    • v.t Rapt (obs.) to grasp or carry off
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  • Kotomichi
    “My heart that was rapt away by the wild cherry blossoms -- will it return to my body when they scatter?”
  • Albert Einstein
    “He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From F. rapt, abduction, rape, L. raptus, fr. rapere, to seize and carry off, to transport; or fr. E. rapt, a. See Rapt (a.), and Rapid


In literature:

West sat long in rapt meditation.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
They are no more mad than the rapt monk in his cell, than the man who does good for good's sake.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
Her face was pale and rapt as that of some devotee.
"54-40 or Fight" by Emerson Hough
II 1 I am rapt with terror.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
He looked down into her rapt face.
"Sheila of Big Wreck Cove" by James A. Cooper
O would that I, before that spirit-power, Ravished and rapt from life, had sunken!
"Faust" by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Still he sat there, motionless, rapt.
"The Goose Girl" by Harold MacGrath
The girl did not pause or look up as they came in, but played on, while the company listened with the most rapt and wondering look.
"The Mystery of Mary" by Grace Livingston Hill
What joy hath rapt me from my own control?
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
I went over to her, and looking out at the window discovered the object of Dorothy's rapt attention.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major

In poetry:

Fold the rapt soul in your embrace,
My dear ones! Give the singer place
To you, to her,--I know not where,--
I lift the silence of a prayer.
"The Singer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The will can not the stream control,
Its currents are divinely sent,
And thought and feeling, mind and soul,
Are rapt in rhythmic ravishment.
"The Silent Muse" by Alfred Austin
Not for rapt hymn nor woodland lay,
Too grave for smiles, too sweet for tears;
We speak his praise who wears to-day
The glory of his seventy years.
"Bryant On His Birthday" by John Greenleaf Whittier
So sang young Love in high and holy dream
Of a white Love that hath no earthly taint,
So rapt within his vision he did seem
Less like a boyish singer than a saint.
"Postscript" by Richard Le Gallienne
So is my spirit ever rapt and lowly,
In visioned presence of the ancient hills,
As though the sacred words and footsteps holy
Abode upon them yet in awful thrills.
"The Maiden's Reply To The Mountain" by Samuel John Stone
O cold! yet look again,
There is a wandering vein
Traced in the hand where those white snowdrops lie.
Let her rapt dreamy smile
The wondering heart beguile,
That almost thinks to hear a calm contented sigh.
"The Snowdrop Monument (in Lichfield Cathedral)" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

As NJ election nears, voters rapt on World Series.
Once-lost musician delights rapt crowd.
Thinker holds 'underdog city' who's who rapt .
Internet The Best Thing on the Internet: Rapt FM.
Elusive Jeff Mangum Performs to Rapt Crowd at ATP.
Samsara a rapt Koyaanisqatsi -like feast of images with a harder edge.
Rapt with rapper's generosity.
Landen Daniel sat rapt as the tiny wooden car he built whooshed down the ramp and zoomed by him.
The Baltimore dream-pop duo unfurled its intoxicating songs for a rapt audience Friday.
We enter a theater, embrace the darkness and sit rapt as fantasies unfold on the big screen.
Homeschoolers to seniors sat in rapt attention during the most recent Adventures in Lifelong Learning speaker series – the last of this semester – while the Maxsons gave their "A Photo Safari to Kenya " talk.
With just a concert ukelele, Jake Shimabukuro captured the rapt attention of his audience during his Jan 20 show at the Rialto .
Samsara a rapt Koyaanisqatsi -like feast of images with a harder edge.
It's hard enough to take a good photo when your subject is rapt in conversation.
Audience pays rapt attention at yesterday's memorial service for Coach Joe Paterno… (LAURENCE KESTERSON / STAFF…).