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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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Your blood pressure can be lowered just by thinking about a nap.
And it needn't be long - studies show that even a five-minute nap can increase mental focus and cognitive performance.
The researchers noted a correlation between sleep spindle density which is activity associated with integrating new information, and the memory benefit of sleep during the nap.
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NAP Dale "Chubby" Lyons lost his left leg in the December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The 10-minute nap yielded significant increases in subjective alertness and cognitive performance at 5 minutes and 35 minutes after napping.
The finding may have implications for older patients, especially those in nursing homes who are encouraged to nap during the day.
Providing adequate funding would greatly strengthen the NAP and provide a chance for it to reach its laudable goals.
I'm not really tired enough to need an afternoon nap," says the Madrid 16-year-old.
Previously, plasma concentrations of NAP-HSA and of NAP conjugated to mannosylated HSA (NAP-HSA-MAN) have been determined as total plasma fluorescence with excitation and emission wavelengths of 330 and 360 nm, respectively [181.
Churchill didn't despise himself for wanting to take a nap the way most people do,'' Bellinger said.
Researchers at the University of Ottawa have found that young children, college students, and retired people nap the most.