Definitions for: Rap


[n] the act of hitting vigorously; "he gave the table a whack"
[n] a reproach for some lapse or misdeed; "he took the blame for it"; "it was a bum rap"
[n] 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] (informal) voluble conversation
[n] the sound made by a gentle blow
[n] a gentle blow
[v] talk volubly
[v] strike sharply; "rap him on the knuckles"
[v] perform rap music
[v] make light, repeated taps on a surface; "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"



Webster (1913) Definition: Rap, n. [Etymol. uncertain.]
A lay or skein containing 120 yards of yarn. --Knight.


Rap, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rapped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Rapping.] [Akin to Sw. rappa to strike, rapp stroke, Dan.
rap, perhaps of imitative origin.]
To strike with a quick, sharp blow; to knock; as, to rap on
the door.


Rap, v. t.
1. To strike with a quick blow; to knock on.

With one great peal they rap the door. --Prior.

2. (Founding) To free (a pattern) in a mold by light blows on
the pattern, so as to facilitate its removal.


Rap, n.
A quick, smart blow; a knock.


Rap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rapped, usually written Rapt;
p. pr. & vb. n. Rapping.] [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.]
1. To snatch away; to seize and hurry off.

And through the Greeks and Ilians they rapt The
whirring chariot. --Chapman.

From Oxford I was rapt by my nephew, Sir Edmund
Bacon, to Redgrove. --Sir H.
Wotton.

2. To hasten. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.

3. 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.
--Addison.

Rapt into future times, the bard begun. --Pope.

4. To exchange; to truck. [Obs. & Law]

To rap and ren, To rap and rend. [Perhaps fr. Icel. hrapa
to hurry and r[ae]na plunder, fr. r[=a]n plunder, E. ran.]
To seize and plunder; to snatch by violence. --Dryden.
``[Ye] waste all that ye may rape and renne.'' --Chaucer.

All they could rap and rend pilfer. --Hudibras.

To rap out, to utter with sudden violence, as an oath.

A judge who rapped out a great oath. --Addison.


Rap, n. [Perhaps contr. fr. raparee.]
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.
--Swift.

Tie it [her money] up so tight that you can't touch a
rap,

save with her consent. --Mrs.
Alexander.



Not to care a rap, to care nothing.

Not worth a rap, worth nothing.

Synonyms: belt, blame, knap, knock, knock, pat, pink, rap music, strike, tap, tap, whack, whang

See Also: African-American music, black music, blow, blow, bump, conversation, go, knock, perform, pitter-patter, popular music, popular music genre, reproach, sound, sound, speak, strike, talk

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