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Rap, v. Also: rape. [ME and e.m.E. rappen (Piers Plowman), -yn (Prompt. Parv.), rap (1541). Cf. Germ. rappeln to rattle.]

1. intr. To knock or bang to or at (a gate or door). Sa come thare folk fast to the dur rappand; Alex. (Taym.) 15229.
He rappit at the ȝet; K. Hart 437.
Captane Meluine came and rapped at the baillies yeat; Bann. Memor. 111.
And thereafter com and rapt at Janet Birney her door; 1662 Sc. N. & Q. 3 Ser. VI 56.

2. To fall, as a shower, (on something, also without const.) with a sharp tapping sound. The schour of arrowis rappit on a raine [M. rappit on as rayn]; Dunb. G. Targe 195 (B).
Als fast as rayn schour rappys on the thak, So thyk [etc.]; Doug. v viii 76.
The dartis flew … with mony deidlie dynt Tha rappit on sa rudlie; Stewart 2339.
As schour of hailstains rappan on the thak; J. Stewart 47/163.

b. Of a warrior: To ‘lay on’, strike repeated blows. Into that stour … Tha [sc. warriors] rappit on quhill all the rochis rang; Stewart 9665.
Ib. 11946.

3. fig. Of the penis: ? To be fit for copulation; to operate satisfactorily. Cf. also ME rappen to move with speed (14–15th c.). His lume is waxit larbar and lyis in to swonne … For eftir sevin oulkis rest it will nought rap [M. ryd] anys; Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 177.

4. tr. To put furth or emit (repeated flashes of lightning). The brokkyn skyis rappis furth thunderis levin [L. ingeminant … ignes]; Doug. iii iii 96.

5. To strike or bang one thing on, upon, to another. Thai … tuk him be the hair and rappit his heid to the wall; 1539 Aberd. B. Rec. I 161.
A great ship … quhilk albeit rapit on a craig chaipet saife; Dalr. II 367/8.
Thomas Innes … spake … rapeing his hand upon the burd; 1630 Elgin Rec. II 216.

b. To rap (a door) too, to slam. — He … rusched fourth at the door raping it too with force behind him; 1649 Elgin Rec. II 266.

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