dap

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verb

ˈdap
dapped; dapped; dapping; daps

intransitive verb

1
: to drop bait or fish by dropping bait gently on the water : dib
had considerable success dapping with the natural flyJohn Buchan
2
: to dip gently or quickly into water
out in the bay innumerable craft dapped and sailedSean O'Dwyer
3

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 streamE. 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

dap

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noun

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plural -s
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

Word History

Etymology

Verb

perhaps alteration of dab entry 2

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“Dap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dap. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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