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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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Joseph Schellenberg, a pulmonologist with Lehigh Valley Health Network's Sleep Disorders Center, said naps can certainly benefit a person in the middle of a work day.
* While short naps don't usually interfere with the nighttime sleep quality for a lot of people, sufferers of insomnia or poor sleep quality may face problems with sleeping if they nap in the daytime.
Nap time has significant academic benefits for young students, despite the fact that schools continue to cut it in favor of more academic activities, according to recent research funded by the National Science Foundation.
"Sa mga nakakatanda, ang power nap ay napaka importante nyan dahil umiiksi ang panahon para sa tulog kapag ang isang tao ay tumatanda.
"Many employees may be feeling worse for wear on Monday after losing an hour of sleep over the weekend, so bosses should consider allowing their staff to take a short nap in the office to make up for lost time."
A: Millions of people throughout the world take a daily nap. In many cultures the afternoon sleep break is built right into everyday life.
Regular nappers may even enjoy better health, and earlier this year, napping was dubbed the 'secret to happiness', after researchers at Hertfordshire University found people fond of short naps (under 30-minutes) reported higher levels of happiness (66%) than people who took long naps (56%), or no naps at all (60%).
Unsure how to master short naps? Sleep expert Dr Guys Meadows has teamed up with Bensons for Beds to produce the following tips: 1.
Kennedy, Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill--all of them benefited from daytime naps. A mid-afternoon rest can rejuvenate you, boost your motor function and give you a much-needed break from the rigors of a busy job.
But he said some people don't get enough sleep at night due to social life and work-related factors and taking naps is prevalent around the world.
A nap can maintain or improve performance and alertness for two to 12 hours post-nap, and experiments examining varying nap lengths have shown that 20-to 60-minute naps can be just as effective as longer snoozes.
We don't have the tradition of an afternoon nap here.