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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.
References in classic literature ?
My dear child, he'll have a beautiful nap in the gig, for I shall drive.
I am going to lie down like a civilized being, and try and get a nap.
You said you would be rested enough if you had a short nap.
We're constantly tweaking and improving, and our engineers have worked hard to make the Chill even more comfortable for babies of all ages," she says of the revolutionary Nap Nanny, the high density foam product which has helped infants (over 8 lbs.
Nap fans' most prominent poster boy may be Sir Winston Churchill, according to Bellinger.
NAP is a policy enforcement technology built into the operating systems of Windows Vista and Windows Server--code-named "Longhorn.
CPSC and Baby Matters are aware of one other incident in which an infant became entrapped when the Nap Nanny was used in a crib, contrary to the product instructions.
Terremark's flagship facility, the NAP of the Americas, is the model for the carrier-neutral Internet exchanges the company has in Santa Clara, California (NAP of the Americas/West), in Sao Paulo, Brazil (NAP do Brasil) and in Madrid, Spain (NAP de las Americas - Madrid).
The Power Nap Kit (PNK) addresses health concerns by providing users with the tools to easily learn how to take short naps.
Expanding to the NAP de las Americas Madrid, with its other sister NAPs around the world including Terremark's flagship facility in Miami, will enhance our ability to serve our members in a reliable and cost-effective manner.