WORD ORIGIN noun a transversely corded fabric of wool, silk, rayon, or cotton. Origin of rep 1 1855–60;
Related forms repped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for repped noun a silk, wool, rayon, or cotton fabric with a transversely corded surface Derived Forms repped, adjective Word Origin for rep
C19: from French
reps, perhaps from English ribs; see rib 1
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Word Origin and History for repped
1705 as abbreviation of
reputation (n.); upon rep "I swear it" was a common 18c. slang asseveration. As a shortening of repetition (n.) it is recorded from 1864, originally school slang; as a shortening of representative (n.), especially "sales representative," it is attested from 1896. As an abbreviation of repertory (company) it is recorded from 1925.
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n. Roentgen-equivalent-physical; a unit of absorbed radiation dose, equal to the amount of ionizing radiation that will transfer 93 ergs of energy to 1 gram of water or living tissue.
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