Pronunciation: (rap), [key]
v., rapped, rap•ping,

1. to strike, esp. with a quick, smart, or light blow: He rapped the door with his cane.
2. to utter sharply or vigorously: to rap out a command.
3. (of a spirit summoned by a medium) to communicate (a message) by raps (often fol. by out).
4. criticize sharply: Critics could hardly wait to rap the play.
5. arrest, detain, or sentence for a crime.
6. jar (a pattern) loose from a sand mold.

1. to knock smartly or lightly, esp. so as to make a noise: to rap on a door.
2. talk or discuss, esp. freely, openly, or volubly; chat.
3. talk rhythmically to the beat of rap music.

1. a quick, smart, or light blow: a rap on the knuckles with a ruler.
2. the sound produced by such a blow: They heard a loud rap at the door.
3. Slang.blame or punishment, esp. for a crime.
4. Slang.a criminal charge: a murder rap.
5. Slang.response, reception, or judgment: The product has been getting a very bad rap.
6. Slang.
a. a talk, conversation, or discussion; chat.
b. talk designed to impress, convince, etc.; spiel: a high-pressure sales rap.
7. See rap music.
8. beat the rap, succeed in evading the penalty for a crime; be acquitted: The defendant calmly insisted that he would beat the rap.
9. take the rap, take the blame and punishment for a crime committed by another: He took the rap for the burglary.


Pronunciation: (rap), [key]
1. the least bit: I don't care a rap.
2. a counterfeit halfpenny formerly passed in Ireland.


Pronunciation: (rap), [key]
v.t., rapped or rapt, rap•ping. Archaic.
1. to carry off; transport.
2. to transport with rapture.
3. to seize for oneself; snatch.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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