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dap

[dap]
verb (used without object), dapped, dap·ping.
  1. to fish by letting the bait fall lightly on the water.
  2. to dip lightly or suddenly into water: The bird dapped for the fish.
  3. to bounce or skip, as on the surface of a body of water: The stone dapped along the surface of the pond.
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verb (used with object), dapped, dap·ping.
  1. to cause to dip in and out of water: to dap one's bait.
  2. to cause to skip along the surface of water: to dap stones across the river.
  3. Carpentry. to notch (a timber) to receive part of another timber.
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noun
  1. Carpentry. a notch in a timber for receiving part of another timber.
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Origin of dap

First recorded in 1575–85; probably variant of dab1
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Related Words

skim, skip

Examples from the Web for dapped

Historical Examples

  • At the corners one side was dapped into the other, so as to prevent leakage of cement.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette


British Dictionary definitions for dapped

dap1

verb daps, dapping or dapped
  1. 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
  2. (intr) (as of a bird) to dip lightly into water
  3. to bounce or cause to bounce
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Word Origin

C17: of imitative origin

dap2

noun
  1. Southwest English dialect another word for plimsoll
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Word Origin

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

DAP

abbreviation for
  1. distributed array processor
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Word Origin and History for dapped

dap

n.

fist-bump greeting, with various theories as to origin and name meaning. In U.S. popular black culture by 1972 and controversial during the Vietnam War when used by U.S. soldiers, as it often was regarded by whites as a ritual act of black solidarity. Probably imitative (dap was used in 19c. for the bounce of a ball or the skip of a stone on water). Dap, meanwhile, is listed in the DAS as black slang c.1950 for "aware, up to date," also "stylish, well-dressed," in the latter case at least a shortening of dapper.

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