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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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I later found out that after the murders Napper had got a job in the plastics factory across the road from mine.
The firm said Napper was appointed because of its experience in redeveloping historically important buildings in the North East, including the Theatre Royal, Newcastle Guildhall and a series of visitor improvement schemes at Alnwick Castle.
Napper has joined Unisys as group vice president of the Department of Defense and Intelligence Group within Unisys Federal.
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Napper moved to Dubai eight years ago, having been a graphic designer in London and done voluntary work in New York inner city projects.
For the girls, Branwen Draper clinched bronze in the 800m freestyle, while Kaycee Napper ended ninth.
Almost all kids have a compulsion to taste the things that come out of their noses, Napper said.
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Prof Wilson is also convinced he had investigated one of the worst serial killers he had ever come across in Robert Napper, a paranoid schizophrenic convicted of three murders - but suspected of more.
John Napper, who painted it in 1952, famously said it was "a beautiful painting of a queen, but not this Queen".
They accepted me for who I am long before my award or Napper being convicted.
Alex Hanscombe was two years old when Robert Napper sexually assaulted his mum and stabbed her 49 times in the attack in London in 1992.