raptly, they drink in the cunningly arranged open floor plan.
raptly gazing at the child's innocent face, Paul softly croons some cradle melody.
As he gazed at it raptly a scream from the girl aroused him.
As the Tiger Swami's story approached a climax, my excitement mounted with it; Chandi also was raptly mute.
The old lady in front lifted a frank handkerchief; the giggling girls were raptly watching.
She had listened to him raptly, the pale light white upon her lifted face.
He stayed quite still, listening as raptly as some wandering night-beast to the indiscriminate stir and echoings of the darkness.
Mr. Blake's eyes were raptly fixed on his accuser—his traducer, as we secretly defined him.
But he was alone; the swords lay by his side; his gaze was raptly fixed upon them.
He cleared his throat and his eyes wandered, raptly, as of old, into the dim vastness of the rafters.
late 14c., "carried away in an ecstatic trance," from Latin raptus, past participle of rapere "seize, carry off" (see rape (v.)). A figurative sense, the notion is of "carried up into Heaven (bodily or in a dream)," as in a saint's vision. Latin literal sense of "carried away" was in English from 1550s. In 15c.-17c. the word also sometimes could mean "raped." Sense of "engrossed" first recorded c.1500. As a past participle adjective, in English it spawned the back-formed verb rap "to affect with rapture," which was common c.1600-1750.