Definitions

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  • v. To bevel the end of a timber to fit against an inclined surface.
  • v. Alternative form of sneap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bevel the end of a timber to fit against an inclined surface.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In ship-building, to bevel the end of (a timber or plank) so that it will fit accurately upon an inclined surface.
  • n. The act or process of snaping.

Etymologies

Origin obscure. Perhaps from snape, a dialectal variant of sneap ("to nip, bite, pinch"). More at sneap. (Wiktionary)
Variation of sneap. (Wiktionary)

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  • From Middle English snape (“to nip, injure, afflict; cold, nipping; to rebuke, revile, criticize”), also snaipen, from Old Norse snepya (“to outrage, dishonor, disgrace”)

    Verb - snape (simple past and past participle snaped)

    1. (Shipbuilding) To bevel the end of a timber to fit against an inclined surface.
    2. to nip, injure, afflict
    Þe snawe snitered ful snart, þat snayped þe wylde. — Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    3. to be hard upon, rebuke, snub, criticize
    Vte of desert þar he was in, He com to snaip þe king sinn. — Cursor Mundi

    November 17, 2011