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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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amp;nbsp;It is said napping three times a week can result in 37 percent decrease in heart-related deaths.
SLUMBER TO BEAT THE SLUMP INDEED - sleep pods, napping areas, chill-out zones - a number of companies, many of them the big, global, mega-successful types, are adding these things to their employee-wellbeing armoury.
Caretakers reported their child's typical weekday and weekend bedtime/rise time, napping patterns, family demographics, and completed a behavioural assessment of the child.
The napping children found it more difficult to go to bed, slept badly and struggled to get up in the morning.
Certain times of the day are better for napping because they suit your baby's biological clock; these optimum periods balance sleep and wake time to affect nighttime sleep in the most positive way.
Each subject got 5 hours of sleep on each evening before laboratory sessions in which they participated in each of three napping conditions: no nap, a 10-minute nap, and a 30-minute nap, presented in a counterbalanced order, said Dr.
Sleep duration, sleep efficiency, and slowwave sleep levels were similar during the nighttime sleep periods following a daytime nap and during the sleep periods following a day without napping, he reported.
In fact, napping is on the cusp of major trendiness as we throttle toward 2000, according to a think tank based in Rhinebeck, N.
Afternoon napping is rich in the most restful phase of slow-wave sleep, making it a very effective tool for catching up on lost sleep.
Sleep researchers have learned that napping is not a sign of laziness or merely a cultural artifact.
also known as the Nap Doctor, to promote the benefits of a good nap and celebrate the eighth annual National Napping Day on Monday, March 12, 2007.
For those who may be afraid napping during the day will prevent them from sleeping at night, the study also found that people who napped the longest after lunch also slept the longest at night, while people who did not nap at all reported the shortest nighttime sleep durations.