Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Nap-taking noun A taking by surprise; an unexpected onset or attack. Carew.

Naphthazarin noun [ Naphtha lene + ali zarin .] (Chemistry) A dyestuff, resembling alizarin, obtained from naphthoquinone as a red crystalline substance with a bright green, metallic luster; -- called also naphthalizarin .

Naphthene noun (Chemistry) A peculiar hydrocarbon occuring as an ingredient of Caucasian petroleum.

Naphthide noun (Chemistry) A compound of naphthalene or its radical with a metallic element; as, mercuric naphthide .

Naphthoic adjective (Chemistry) Pertaining to, derived from, or related to, naphthalene; -- used specifically to designate any one of a series of carboxyl derivatives, called naphthoic acids .

Naphthol noun [ Naphth alene + -ol .] (Chemistry) Any one of a series of hydroxyl derivatives of naphthalene, analogous to phenol. In general they are crystalline substances with a phenol (carbolic) odor.

Naphthol blue , Naphthol orange , Naphthol yellow (Chemistry) , brilliant dyestuffs produced from certain complex nitrogenous derivatives of naphthol or naphthoquinone.

Naphthoquinone noun [ Naphth alene + quinone .] (Chemistry) A yellow crystalline substance, C 10 H 6 O 2 , analogous to quinone, obtained by oxidizing naphthalene with chromic acid.

Naphthyl noun [ Naphth alene + -yl .] (Chemistry) A hydrocarbon radical regarded as the essential residue of naphthalene.

Naphthylamine noun (Chemistry) One of two basic amido derivatives of naphthalene, C 10 H 7 .NH 2 , forming crystalline solids.

Napier's bones, Napier's rods A set of rods, made of bone or other material, each divided into nine spaces, and containing the numbers of a column of the multiplication table; -- a contrivance of Baron Napier, the inventor of logarithms, for facilitating the operations of multiplication and division.

Napierian, Naperian }, adjective Of, pertaining to, or discovered by, Napier , or Naper .

Naperian logarithms . See under Logarithms .

Napiform adjective [ Latin napus turnip + -form : confer French napiforme . Confer Navew .] (Botany) Turnip-shaped; large and round in the upper part, and very slender below.

Napkin noun [ Dim. of Old French nape a tablecloth, cloth, French nappe , Latin mappa . See Napery .]
1. A little towel, or small cloth, esp. one for wiping the fingers and mouth at table.

2. A handkerchief. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Napkin pattern . See Linen scroll , under Linen . -- Napkin ring , a ring of metal, ivory, or other material, used to inclose a table napkin.

Naples yellow See under Yellow .

Napless adjective Without nap; threadbare. Shak.

Napoleon noun [ From the Emperor Napoleon 1.] A French gold coin of twenty francs, or about $3.86.

Napoleon noun
1. (Card Playing) (a) A game in which each player holds five cards, the eldest hand stating the number of tricks he will bid to take, any subsequent player having the right to overbid him or a previous bidder, the highest bidder naming the trump and winning a number of points equal to his bid if he makes so many tricks, or losing the same number of points if he fails to make them. (b) A bid to take five tricks at napoleon. It is ordinarily the highest bid; but sometimes bids are allowed of wellington , or of blucher , to take five tricks, or pay double, or treble, if unsuccessful.

2. A Napoleon gun.

3. A kind of top boot of the middle of the 19th century.

4. A shape and size of cigar. It is about seven inches long.

Napoleonic adjective Of or pertaining to Napoleon I., or his family; resembling, or having the qualities of, Napoleon I. Lowell.

Napoleonist noun A supporter of the dynasty of the Napoleons.

Nappe noun [ French nappe cloth, sheet. See Napery .] (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.

Nappiness noun [ From 2d Nappy .] The quality of having a nap; abundance of nap, as on cloth.

Napping noun
1. The act or process of raising a nap, as on cloth.

2. (Hat Making) A sheet of partially felted fur before it is united to the hat body. Knight.

Nappy adjective [ From 1st Nap .]
1. Inclined to sleep; sleepy; as, to feel nappy .

2. Tending to cause sleepiness; serving to make sleepy; strong; heady; as, nappy ale. [ Obsolete] Wyatt.

Nappy adjective [ From 3d Nap .] Having a nap or pile; downy; shaggy. Holland.

Nappy noun ; plural Nappies . [ Middle English nap , Anglo-Saxon hnæp cup, bowl. See Hanaper .] A round earthen dish, with a flat bottom and sloping sides. [ Written also nappie .]

Napu noun [ Native name.] (Zoology) A very small chevrotain ( Tragulus Javanicus ), native of Java. It is about the size of a hare, and is noted for its agility in leaping. Called also Java musk deer , pygmy musk deer , and deerlet .

Napus noun [ Latin ] (Botany) A kind of turnip. See Navew .

Narceine noun [ Latin narce numbness, torpor, Greek ...............: confer French narcéïne .] (Chemistry) An alkaloid found in small quantities in opium, and extracted as a white crystalline substance of a bitter astringent taste. It is a narcotic. Called also narceia .

Narcissine adjective Of or pertaining to Narcissus.

Narcissus noun ; plural Narcissuses . [ Latin narcissus , and (personified) Narcissus , Greek na`rkissos , Na`rkissos , from na`rkh torpor, in allusion to the narcotic properties of the flower. Confer Narcotic .]


1. (Botany) A genus of endogenous bulbous plants with handsome flowers, having a cup-shaped crown within the six-lobed perianth, and comprising the daffodils and jonquils of several kinds.

2. (Classical Myth.) A beautiful youth fabled to have been enamored of his own image as seen in a fountain, and to have been changed into the flower called Narcissus.

Narcosis noun [ New Latin , from Greek na`rkwsis . See Narcotic .] (Medicine) Privation of sense or consciousness, due to a narcotic.

Narcotic adjective [ French narcotique , Greek .............................., from ..................... to benumb, na`rkh numbness, torpor.] (Medicine) Having the properties of a narcotic; operating as a narcotic.

-- Nar*cot"ic*ness , noun

Narcotic noun (Medicine) A drug which, in medicinal doses, generally allays morbid susceptibility, relieves pain, and produces sleep; but which, in poisonous doses, produces stupor, coma, or convulsions, and, when given in sufficient quantity, causes death. The best examples are opium (with morphine), belladonna (with atropine), and conium.

Nercotykes and opye (opium) of Thebes.
Chaucer.

Narcotical adjective Narcotic.

-- Nar*cot"ic*al*ly , adverb

Narcotine noun [ Confer French narcotine . Confer Cotarnine .] (Chemistry) An alkaloid found in opium, and extracted as a white crystalline substance, tasteless and less poisonous than morphine; -- called also narcotia .

Narcotinic adjective Pertaining to narcotine.

Narcotism noun [ Confer French narcotisme .] Narcosis; the state of being narcotized. G. Eliot.

Narcotize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Narcotized ; present participle & verbal noun Narcotizing .] To imbue with, or subject to the influence of, a narcotic; to put into a state of narcosis.

Nard noun [ Anglo-Saxon , from Latin nardus , Greek ..................; confer Hebrew nêrd , Persian nard , Scr. nalada .]
1. (Botany) An East Indian plant ( Nardostachys Jatamansi ) of the Valerian family, used from remote ages in Oriental perfumery.

2. An ointment prepared partly from this plant. See Spikenard .

3. (Botany) A kind of grass ( Nardus stricta ) of little value, found in Europe and Asia.

Nardine adjective [ Latin nardinus , Greek .........................] Of or pertaining to nard; having the qualities of nard.

Nardoo noun (Botany) An Australian name for Marsilea Drummondii , a four-leaved cryptogamous plant, sometimes used for food.

Nare noun [ Latin naris .] A nostril. [ R.] B. Jonson.

Nares noun plural [ Latin , plural of naris nostril.] (Anat.) The nostrils or nasal openings, -- the anterior nares being the external or proper nostrils, and the posterior nares , the openings of the nasal cavities into the mouth or pharynx.

Nargile, Nargileh noun [ Persian nārghīl , prop., a cocoanut; probably so called because first made of a cocoanut.] An apparatus for smoking tobacco. It has a long flexible tube, and the smoke is drawn through water.

Narica noun (Zoology) The brown coati. See Coati .

Nariform adjective [ Latin naris nostril + -form . See Nose .] Formed like the nose.

Narine adjective Of or belonging to the nostrils.

Narrable adjective [ Latin narrabilis , from narrare to narrate.] Capable of being narrated or told. [ Obsolete]

Narragansetts noun plural ; sing. Narragansett (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians who formerly inhabited the shores of Narragansett Bay.

Narrate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Narrated ; present participle & verbal noun Narrating .] [ Latin narratus , past participle of narrare to narrate, probably for gnarigare , from gnarus knowing. See Ignore , Know .] To tell, rehearse, or recite, as a story; to relate the particulars of; to go through with in detail, as an incident or transaction; to give an account of.

Syn. -- To relate; recount; detail; describe.