American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To break or chip (stone) with sharp blows, as in shaping flint or obsidian into tools.
- v. Chiefly British To strike sharply; rap.
- v. Chiefly British To snap at or bite.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strike with a sharp noise.
- To snap; crack; break in pieces with blows: as, to knap stones.
- To bite; bite off; nibble.
- To make a short sharp sound.
- To talk short.
- n. A short sharp noise; a snap.
- n. A stroke; blow.
- n. A clapper.
- n. A protuberance; a swelling; a knob or button.
- n. A rising ground; a knoll; a hillock; a summit.
- n. The bud of a flower.
- n. The flower of the common clover, Trifolium pratense.
- n. The crest of a hill
- n. A small hill
- v. transitive To shape a vitreous mineral (flint, obsidian, chert etc.) by breaking away flakes, often forming a sharp edge or point.
- v. transitive To rap or strike sharply.
- n. A sharp blow or slap.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A protuberance; a swelling; a knob; a button; hence, rising ground; a summit. See knob, and knop.
- v. Obs. or Prov. Eng. To bite; to bite off; to break short.
- v. Chiefly Brit. To strike smartly; to rap; to snap.
- v. To make a sound of snapping.
- n. A sharp blow or slap.
- v. break a small piece off from
- v. strike sharply
- From Middle English knappen, an onomatopeia (Wiktionary)
- Middle English knappen, probably of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A Knapper may have lived on a "knap," or may have been one of the Suffolk flint-knappers, who still prepare gun-flints for weapons to be retailed to the heathen.”
“And, yes, the documentary, narrated by Linda Hunt and consisting of some remarkable photographs and early wax recordings, did say that Ishi taught his new hosts how to "knap" brittle rocks into arrowheads and spear points.”
“Where I hunt there are briars galore and I need a material that has a low knap so it doesn't snag.”
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