American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sheet of water flowing over a dam or similar structure.
- n. Geology A large sheetlike body of rock that has been moved far from its original position.
- n. Mathematics Either of the two parts into which a cone is divided by the vertex.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A surface swelling out from a point in the form of cone or hyperboloid about its vertex.
- n. In geometry, a sheet; a separate portion of a surface.
- n. The profile of a body of water flowing over an obstruction in a vertical drop.
- n. mathematics Either of the two parts of a double cone.
- n. geology A sheet-like mass of rock that has been folded over adjacent strata.
- n. hydraulics Nappe, the underside of which is not in contact with the overflow structure and is at ambient atmospheric pressure.
- n. cooking The ability of a liquid to "coat the back of a spoon" or the act of coating a food.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Geom.) Sheet; surface; all that portion of a surface that is continuous in such a way that it is possible to pass from any one point of the portion to any other point of the portion without leaving the surface. Thus, some hyperboloids have one
nappe, and some have two.
- From French nappe. (Wiktionary)
- French, tablecloth, nappe, from Old French, tablecloth, from Latin mappa, napkin; see map. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Mollie had a red and white checkered oilcloth nappe on her round oak pedestal table in the kitchen.”
“It is dominated by the crystalline Aar Massif and extends as far as the Helvetic nappe system in the Wengernalp region.”
“Most of this sediment cover slipped to the north during the formation of the Alps, leaving the Helvetian nappe exposed.”
“La nappe de recouvrement des environs de Gavarnie et de Gèdre.”
“La nappe du Mont Perdu et ses relations avec la nappe de Gavarnie.”
“Structure du masif du Mont Perdu; ses relaions avec la nappe de recouvrement de Gavarnie (Pyrénées) C.R. Acad.”
“Geology of the Spanish part of the Gavarnie nappe (Pyrenees).”
“As I smoothed down a cotton nappe, one of the cousins pulled out crackers and nuts for the apéro.”
“Back over low-medium heat for 10 minutes or so, stiring all the time, until the custard “nappe” the wooden spoon fanny : it means that the custard coats the spoon: if you have a thermometre you should know this : cook until the temperature reaches 83°C, then remove from the heat for 2 minutes, still stirring.”
“The area consists of massive beige limestone, thin-bedded gray limestone, and an ophiolitic mélange of the so-called Lycian tectonic nappe.”
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