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nap

1
a. the raised fibres of velvet or similar cloth
b. the direction in which these fibres lie when smoothed down

nap

2
1. a card game similar to whist, usually played for stakes
2. a call in this card game, undertaking to win all five tricks
3. Horse racing a tipster's choice for an almost certain winner
4. go nap
a. to undertake to win all five tricks at nap
b. to risk everything on one chance

nap

[nap]
(textiles)
Fuzzy fibers on the surface of a fabric; produced by a finishing process called raising.

nap

The relatively short fuzzy ends of fibers forming the surface of the carpet.

NAP

(1) (Network Access Protection) See endpoint security.

(2) (Network Access Point) The first public Internet exchange points (IXPs). Established by the National Science Foundation in the early 1990s, they were set up to provide a standard way to exchange packets for commercial backbones. When the Net went commercial in 1995, four official NAPs were created. Three were run by the telephone companies in San Francisco, Chicago and Pennsauken, NJ, and the fourth was run by Metropolitan Fiber Systems (MFS) in Washington, D.C., known as MAE-East (Metropolitan Area Exchange-East). Four more MAEs became de facto NAPs along with two federal exchanges and the Commercial Internet Exchange Association (see CIX).

From a Dozen to Hundreds
Since the first NAPs, hundreds of public exchange points were created around the world, which serve to interconnect all the backbone networks and provide on-ramps to smaller ISPs. See IXP.
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The floundering French outfit were caught napping when Andre Gray nipped in to score with only a minute on the clock.
London, May 4 ( ANI ): Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was reportedly caught napping in the crowd during United's 12th defeat of the season in their 1-0 loss to Sunderland at the Old Trafford on Saturday.
Rishworthians could do little about Yarnbury's back play in the second half and they had already been caught napping three times out wide in the first half.
With four minutes left, the home defence were caught napping and Jim Davidson volleyed home from six yards.
But the visitors took the lead against the run of play in the 39th minute when Vale were caught napping on the break.
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With seven minutes left on the clock, Greenbacks keeper James Martin and defender Ben Thackery were caught napping and as the pair looked waited for each other to clear a long ball forward, Leighton striker Jamie Osborne gratefully slotted home.
Benllech were caught napping when Llangoed fought back as prop Emlyn Williams closed the gap with a try and the village side added a further score as Robert Davies took advantage of an overlap to dive over and restore their lead.
What is most alarming is that it seems BP were caught napping in a throw back to the bad old days when industries could get away with almost anything.
In a game of two halves, Town were caught napping in the first period as they allowed the home side to storm to a well deserved 16-0 lead.
Billy Paynter provided the cross and Austin made no mistake from 12 yards out as Carlisle were caught napping.
Left-winger James Thomas was the early sharp-shooter, who converted the 10-yards' gift, created by John Rowley as the visiting defence were caught napping.