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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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In the study, the researchers collected data from 62 children between the ages of 4 and 5 who were classified as either napping (77 percent) or non-napping (23 percent) based on actigraphy data.
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.
For some people, though, napping isn't as easy as it might sound.
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.
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.
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.
The kit contains a European polar white goose-down napping pillow, a quality pillow case and a copy of the book "The Art of Napping," all packaged in a handsome and versatile business briefcase for discreet carrying.
But many Americans, running on six hours of sleep or less, have pushed aside sleep as a priority so much that they're turning to napping as a quick fix to survive.
Howard has taken the results of the study one step further and begun implementing an official napping program at the hospital at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.
To address this growing epidemic of sleepy citizens, the Four Points by Sheraton brand is working with the Nap Doctor to celebrate the seventh annual National Napping Day on Monday, April 3, 2006.
Four Points by Sheraton, Starwood's moderately-priced brand and The Napping Company offer up some common facts about the "art of napping" and its advantages and benefits.