from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The crime of forcing another person to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse.
  • n. The act of seizing and carrying off by force; abduction.
  • n. Abusive or improper treatment; violation: a rape of justice.
  • transitive v. To force (another person) to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse; commit rape on.
  • transitive v. To seize and carry off by force.
  • transitive v. To plunder or pillage.
  • n. A European plant (Brassica napus) of the mustard family, cultivated as fodder and for its seed that yields a valuable oil. Also called colza, oil-seed rape.
  • n. The refuse of grapes left after the extraction of the juice in winemaking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. rapeseed, Brassica napus
  • n. The stalks and husks of grapes.
  • n. A filter containing the stalks and husks of grapes used for clarifying wine.
  • n. Fruit plucked in a bunch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Fruit, as grapes, plucked from the cluster.
  • n. The refuse stems and skins of grapes or raisins from which the must has been expressed in wine making.
  • n. A filter containing the above refuse, used in clarifying and perfecting malt, vinegar, etc.
  • n. The act of seizing and carrying away by force; violent seizure; robbery.
  • n. Sexual connection with a woman without her consent. See Age of consent, under Consent, n.
  • n. That which is snatched away.
  • n. Movement, as in snatching; haste; hurry.
  • n. An action causing results harmful to a person or thing; as, the rape of the land by mining companies.
  • n. One of six divisions of the county of Sussex, England, intermediate between a hundred and a shire.
  • n. A name given to a variety or to varieties of a plant of the turnip kind, grown for seeds and herbage. The seeds are used for the production of rape oil, and to a limited extent for the food of cage birds.
  • intransitive v. To rob; to pillage.
  • transitive v. To commit rape upon; to ravish.
  • transitive v. To perform an action causing results harmful or very unpleasant to a person or thing; Corresponds to 2nd rape, n. 5.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make haste; hasten; hurry: often used reflexively.
  • Quick; hasty.
  • Quickly; hastily.
  • To seize and carry off; snatch up; seize; steal.
  • To commit the crime of rape.
  • To carry off violently; hence, figuratively, to enrapture; ravish.
  • To commit rape upon; ravish
  • To scratch; abrade; scarify.
  • n. Haste; precipitancy; a precipitate course.
  • n. The act of snatching by force; a seizing and carrying away by force or violence, whether of persons or things; violent seizure and carrying away: as, the rape of Proserpine; the rape of the Sabine women; Pope's “Rape of the Lock.”
  • n. In law, the violation or carnal knowledge of a woman forcibly and against her will.
  • n. Something taken or seized and carried away; a captured person or thing.
  • n. A division of the county of Sussex, in England, intermediate between a hundred and the shire. The county is divided into six rapes.
  • n. A turnip.
  • n. The colza, cole-seed, or rape-seed, a cruciferous plant including the Brassica campestris and B. Napus of Linnæus, the latter form now considered to be a variety, together with the common turnip, of B. campestris, which occurs in a wild state as a weed throughout Europe and Asiatic Russia.
  • n. The stem or stalk of grapes.
  • n. plural The stalks and skins of grapes from which the must has been expressed.
  • n. Loose or refuse grapes used in wine-making.
  • n. A filter used in a vinegar-manufactory to separate the mucilaginous matter from the vinegar. It derives its name from being charged with rapes.
  • n. An obsolete or dialectal form of rope.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
  • v. destroy and strip of its possession
  • n. Eurasian plant cultivated for its seed and as a forage crop
  • n. the act of despoiling a country in warfare
  • v. force (someone) to have sex against their will


Middle English, from rapen, to rape, from Old French raper, to abduct, from Latin rapere, to seize.
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rāpa, pl. of rāpum, turnip.
French râpe, grape stalk, from Old French, from rasper, to scrape; see rasp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably alternative form of rope (as originally used to mark out boundaries). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English rapen, from Old Norse hrapa ("to fall, rush headlong, hurry, hasten"), from Proto-Germanic *hrapanan (“to fall down”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to move, swing, jump”). Cognate with Norwegian rapa ("to slip, fall"), Danish rappe ("to make haste"), German rappeln ("to hasten, hurry"). (Wiktionary)
Probably from Latin rapere (verb), Anglo-Norman rap, rape (noun) (from Latin rapere). But compare Swedish rappa ("to snatch, seize, carry off"), Norwegian rapa ("to rip off"), Low German rapen ("to snatch, seize"), Dutch rapen ("to pick up, gather, collect"); the relationship with Germanic forms is not clear. Compare also rap ("seize, snatch"). (Wiktionary)
From Latin rapa, from rapum ("turnip"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English rape, from Old French rape ("grape stalk, rasper"), from raper, rasper ("to rasp, scratch"), from Old Frankish *raspōn (“to scratch”), related to Old High German raspōn ("to scrape"), Old English ġehrespan ("to strip, spoil"). (Wiktionary)



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