Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The art of excavating trenches of approach under the musketry-fire of the besieged.
  • noun The undermining of a river's bank, especially if it is a cliff, by the moving water and its suspended grit.

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  • verb Present participle of sap.

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Examples

  • He did not protest beyond presently a transient frown as at a bad taste on his tongue, and a rather petulant objection to her use of analogies, which he called the sapping of language.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • He did not protest beyond presently a transient frown as at a bad taste on his tongue, and a rather petulant objection to her use of analogies, which he called the sapping of language.

    The Tragic Comedians — Volume 3

  • He did not protest beyond presently a transient frown as at a bad taste on his tongue, and a rather petulant objection to her use of analogies, which he called the sapping of language.

    The Tragic Comedians — Complete

  • And when once on the downward slope, chronic innutrition is an important factor in sapping vitality and hastening the descent.

    THOSE ON THE EDGE

  • And when once on the downward slope, chronic innutrition is an important factor in sapping vitality and hastening the descent.

    Those on the Edge

  • I’ve heard brain sapping can be a painful experience.

    Think Progress » Bush and Merkel, united against stem cell research.

  • The sapping is a laborious task, for the galleries run to a great depth.

    More Hunting Wasps

  • Ius Chasma is believed to have been shaped by a process called sapping when water seeped from the layers of the cliffs and evaporated before it reached the canyon floor.

    Scientific Frontline by SFL ORG Educational News Network

  • I might just have blog fatigue like everyone gets, but also I feel like it was kind of sapping my autobiographical juices, which I need to put in this other project.

    A Conversation with Alison Bechdel « Gender Across Borders

  • Last year the head of the Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, warned that a lack of public appreciation for Britain's military effort in Iraq and Afghanistan was in danger of "sapping" the willingness of troops to serve on dangerous operations.

    Archive 2008-05-01

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