\ ˈdap \
dapped; dapped; dapping; daps

Definition of dap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to drop bait or fish by dropping bait gently on the water : dib had considerable success dapping with the natural fly— John Buchan
2 : to dip gently or quickly into water out in the bay innumerable craft dapped and sailed— Sean O'Dwyer

transitive verb

1 : to cause to jump or skip on or along the surface of water dapping stones dapping her homemade flies in an English chalk stream— E. L. Peterson
2 : to produce (cup-shaped forms in sheet metal) by the use of special dies and punches
3 : to cut and form a recess in (timbers) for making a joint


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plural -s

Definition of dap (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a bounce especially of a ball : a skip especially of a stone over water
2 : the bait used in dapping
3 : a notch cut in one timber to receive another

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“Dap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dap. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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