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  Dictionary Definition of rap

rap [1]
verb ( rapped, rapping )

-- verb (t)
1. to strike, especially with a quick, smart, or light blow, as to attract attention, communicate in code, etc.
2. to produce or announce by raps (fol. by out, and used especially of communications ascribed to spirits).
3. Colloquial to accelerate (a motor vehicle).
-- verb (i)
4. to knock smartly or lightly, especially so as to make a noise: to rap on a door.
-- noun
5. a quick, smart, or light blow.
6. the sound so produced.
7. Colloquial punishment or blame, especially of someone who accepts punishment for a crime they did not commit: to take the rap.
8. Colloquial a criminal charge: a housebreaking rap.
9. Colloquial praise; recommendation: she gave the movie a good rap.
10. (in modern spiritualism) a sound as of knocking, ascribed to the agency of disembodied spirits.
-- phrase
11. give (a motor vehicle) a rap, Colloquial to accelerate (a motor vehicle) and travel at full speed for a short period.
12. rap out, to utter sharply or vigorously: to rap out an oath.
13. rap over the knuckles ; rap on the knuckles, Colloquial to reprimand sharply; reprove.
[ME; cf. Swed. rappa beat, drub, G rappeln rattle]