Rap Rap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rapped} (r[a^]pt), usually written {Rapt}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rapping}.] [OE. rapen; akin to LG. & D. rapen to snatch, G. raffen, Sw. rappa; cf. Dan. rappe sig to make haste, and Icel. hrapa to fall, to rush, hurry. The word has been confused with L. rapere to seize. Cf. {Rape} robbery, {Rapture}, {Raff}, v., {Ramp}, v.] 1. To snatch away; to seize and hurry off. [1913 Webster]

And through the Greeks and Ilians they rapt The whirring chariot. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

From Oxford I was rapt by my nephew, Sir Edmund Bacon, to Redgrove. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

2. To hasten. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

I'm rapt with joy to see my Marcia's tears. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Rapt into future times, the bard begun. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

4. To exchange; to truck. [Obs. & Low] [1913 Webster]

5. To engage in a discussion, converse. [PJC]

6. (ca. 1985) 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}. [PJC]

{To rap and ren}, {To rap and rend}. [Perhaps fr. Icel. hrapa to hurry and r[ae]na plunder, fr. r[=a]n plunder, E. ran.] To seize and plunder; to snatch by violence. --Dryden. ``[Ye] waste all that ye may rape and renne.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

All they could rap and rend and pilfer. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

{To rap out}, to utter with sudden violence, as an oath. [1913 Webster]

A judge who rapped out a great oath. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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