Definitions for: Knap


[v] break a small piece off from; "chip the glass"; "chip a tooth"
[v] strike sharply; "rap him on the knuckles"



Webster (1913) Definition: Knap, n. [AS. cn[ae]p, cn[ae]pp, top, knob, button; cf.
Icel. knappr knob, Sw. knapp, Dan. knap button, W., Gael., &
Ir. cnap knob, button, and E. knop.]
A protuberance; a swelling; a knob; a button; hence, rising
ground; a summit. See Knob, and Knop.

The highest part and knap of the same island.
--Holland.


Knap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Knapped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Knapping.] [D. knappen to chew, bite, crack, take hold of;
prob. of imitative origin.]
1. To bite; to bite off; to break short. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.
]

He will knap the spears apieces with his teeth.
--Dr. H. More.

He breaketh the bow, and knappeth the spear in
sunder. --Ps. xlvi. 9
(Book of
Common
Prayer.)

2. To strike smartly; to rap; to snap. --Bacon.


Knap, v. i.
To make a sound of snapping. --Wiseman.


Knap, n.
A sharp blow or slap. --Halliwell.

Synonyms: break off, chip, cut off, rap

See Also: carve, chip at, cut, knock, strike

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