Sap Sap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sapped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sapping}.] [F. saper (cf. Sp. zapar, It. zapare), fr. sape a sort of scythe, LL. sappa a sort of mattock.] 1. To subvert by digging or wearing away; to mine; to undermine; to destroy the foundation of. [1913 Webster]

Nor safe their dwellings were, for sapped by floods, Their houses fell upon their household gods. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mil.) To pierce with saps. [1913 Webster]

3. To make unstable or infirm; to unsettle; to weaken. [1913 Webster]

Ring out the grief that saps the mind. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • wore him out — sapped his strength, made him tired …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • sap — [[t]sæ̱p[/t]] saps, sapping, sapped 1) VERB If something saps your strength or confidence, it gradually weakens or destroys it. [V n] I was afraid the sickness had sapped my strength... [V n] Analysts say the recession in Japan has sapped… …   English dictionary

  • sap — sap1 noun 1》 the fluid, chiefly water with dissolved sugars and mineral salts, circulating in the vascular system of a plant. 2》 vigour or energy. verb (saps, sapping, sapped) gradually weaken (a person s strength or power). ↘(sap someone of)… …   English new terms dictionary

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