sap


1sap

noun \ˈsap\

Definition of SAP

1
a :  the fluid part of a plant; specifically :  a watery solution that circulates through a plant's vascular system
b (1) :  a body fluid (as blood) essential to life, health, or vigor
(2) :  bodily health and vigor
2
:  a foolish gullible person
3
[probably short for sapling] :  blackjack, bludgeon
sap·less \ˈsa-pləs\ adjective
sap·less·ness \-nəs\ noun

Origin of SAP

Middle English, from Old English sæp; akin to Old High German saf sap
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

Rhymes with SAP

2sap

transitive verb
sappedsap·ping

Definition of SAP

1
:  to drain or deprive of sap
2
:  to knock out with a sap

First Known Use of SAP

1725

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

3sap

verb
sappedsap·ping

Definition of SAP

intransitive verb
:  to proceed by digging a sap
transitive verb
1
:  to subvert by digging or eroding the substratum or foundation :  undermine
2
a :  to gradually diminish the supply or intensity of <sapped her strength>
b :  to weaken or exhaust the energy or vitality of <the illness sapped him of his stamina>
3
:  to operate against or pierce by a sap

Origin of SAP

Middle French sapper, from Old Italian zappare, from zappa hoe
First Known Use: 1598

4sap

noun

Definition of SAP

:  the extension of a trench to a point beneath an enemy's fortifications

Origin of SAP

French sape, from saper
First Known Use: 1642

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