Definition of Rap

Pronunciation: răpt
n.1.A lay or skein containing 120 yards of yarn.
v. i.1.To strike with a quick, sharp blow; to knock; as, to rap on the door.
[imp. & p. p. Rapped (răpt); p. pr. & vb. n. Rapping.]
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.
n.1.A quick, smart blow; a knock.
v. t.1.To snatch away; to seize and hurry off.
[imp. & p. p. Rapped (răpt), usually written Rapt; p. pr. & vb. n. Rapping.]
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.
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.
5.To engage in a discussion, converse.
6.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.
To rap and ren
To seize and plunder; to snatch by violence.
- Dryden.
All they could rap and rend and pilfer.
- Hudibras.
A judge who rapped out a great oath.
- Addison.
n.1.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.
1.conversation; also, rapping.
2.a type of rhythmic talking, often with accompanying rhythm instruments; rap music.

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