—v.t. 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. Slang.to criticize sharply: Critics could hardly wait to rap the play. 5. Slang.to arrest, detain, or sentence for a crime.
6. Metall.to jar (a pattern) loose from a sand mold.
—v.i. 1. to knock smartly or lightly, esp. so as to make a noise: to rap on a door. 2. Slang.to talk or discuss, esp. freely, openly, or volubly; chat.
3. Slang.to talk rhythmically to the beat of rap music.
—n. 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,Slang.to succeed in evading the penalty for a crime; be acquitted: The defendant calmly insisted that he would beat the rap. 9. take the rap,Slang.to take the blame and punishment for a crime committed by another: He took the rap for the burglary.
Pronunciation: (rap),[key] —n. 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.