[ dap ]
/ dæp /

verb (used without object), dapped, dap·ping.

to fish by letting the bait fall lightly on the water.
to dip lightly or suddenly into water: The bird dapped for the fish.
to bounce or skip, as on the surface of a body of water: The stone dapped along the surface of the pond.

verb (used with object), dapped, dap·ping.


Carpentry. a notch in a timber for receiving part of another timber.

Origin of dap

First recorded in 1575–85; probably variant of dab1
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British Dictionary definitions for dap (1 of 3)

/ (dæp) /

verb daps, dapping or dapped

angling to fish with a natural or artificial fly on a floss silk line so that the wind makes the fly bob on and off the surface of the water
(intr) (as of a bird) to dip lightly into water
to bounce or cause to bounce

Word Origin for dap

C17: of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for dap (2 of 3)

/ (dæp) /


Southwest English dialect another word for plimsoll

Word Origin for dap

C20: probably special use of dap 1 (in the sense: to bounce, skip)

British Dictionary definitions for dap (3 of 3)

/ computing /

abbreviation for

distributed array processor
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