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sap

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noun \ˈsap\

Definition of sap

  1. 1a :  the fluid part of a plant; specifically :  a watery solution that circulates through a plant's vascular systemb (1) :  a body fluid (as blood) essential to life, health, or vigor (2) :  bodily health and vigor

  2. 2 :  a foolish gullible person

  3. 3 [probably short for sapling] :  blackjack, bludgeon

sap·less play \ˈsa-pləs\ adjective
sap·less·ness play \-nəs\ noun


Origin of sap

Middle English, from Old English sæp; akin to Old High German saf sap


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with sap


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sap

transitive verb

Definition of sap

sappedsap·ping

  1. 1 :  to drain or deprive of sap

  2. 2 :  to knock out with a sap



1725

First Known Use of sap

1725


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sap

verb

Definition of sap

sappedsap·ping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to proceed by digging a sap

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to subvert by digging or eroding the substratum or foundation :  undermine

  5. 2a :  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>

  6. 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

Synonym Discussion of sap

weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, undermine, sap, cripple, disable mean to lose or cause to lose strength or vigor. weaken may imply loss of physical strength, health, soundness, or stability or of quality, intensity, or effective power <a disease that weakens the body's defenses> . enfeeble implies an obvious and pitiable condition of weakness and helplessness <enfeebled by starvation>. debilitate suggests a less marked or more temporary impairment of strength or vitality <the debilitating effects of surgery>. undermine and sap suggest a weakening by something working surreptitiously and insidiously <a poor diet undermines your health> <drugs had sapped his ability to think>. cripple implies causing a serious loss of functioning power through damaging or removing an essential part or element <crippled by arthritis>. disable suggests a usually sudden crippling or enfeebling <disabled soldiers received an immediate discharge>.

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sap

noun

Definition of sap

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



Origin of sap

French sape, from saper


First Known Use: 1642


Medical Dictionary

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Medical Definition of sap





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