Rape (r&amac;p), n. [F. rape a grape stalk.]


Fruit, as grapes, plucked from the cluster.



The refuse stems and skins of grapes or raisins from which the must has been expressed in wine making.


A filter containing the above refuse, used in clarifying and perfecting malt, vinegar, etc.

Rape wine, a poor, thin wine made from the last dregs of pressed grapes.


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Rape, n. [Akin to rap to snatch, but confused with L. rapere. See Rap to snatch.]


The act of seizing and carrying away by force; violent seizure; robbery.

<-- [Rare] -->

And ruined orphans of thy rapes complain. Sandys.

2. Law

Sexual connection with a woman without her consent. See Age of consent, under Consent, n.

<-- (b) Any sexual intercourse forced on a person, whether male or female (also called forcible rape, or sexual assault, and sometimes, as a euphemism, criminal assault); Any sexual intercourse performed with a person who is under the age of consent, whether male or female, is statutory rape. -->


That which is snatched away.


Where now are all my hopes? O, never more. Shall they revive! nor death her rapes restore. Sandys.


Movement, as in snatching; haste; hurry.


<-- 5. (Fig., Colloq.) An action causing results harmful to a person or thing; as, the rape of the land by mining companies. -->


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Rape, v. t.

To commit rape upon; to ravish.

<-- 2. (Fig., Colloq.) To perform an action causing results harmful or very unpleasant to a person or thing; as, women raped first by their assailant, and then by the Justice system. Corresponds to 2nd rape, n. 5. -->

To rape and ren. See under Rap, v. t., to snatch.


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Rape, v. i.

To rob; to pillage.




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Rape, n. [Icel. hreppr village, district; cf. Icel. hreppa to catch, obtain, AS. hrepian, hreppan, to touch.]

One of six divisions of the county of Sussex, England, intermediate between a hundred and a shire.


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Rape, n. [L. rapa, rapum, akin to Gr. , , G. rube.] Bot.

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.

⇒ These plants, with the edible turnip, have been variously named, but are all now believed to be derived from the Brassica campestris of Europe, which by some is not considered distinct from the wild stock (B. oleracea) of the cabbage. See Cole.

Broom rape. Bot. See Broom rape, in the Vocabulary. -- Rape cake, the refuse remaining after the oil has been expressed from the seed. -- Rape root. Same as Rape. -- Summer rape. Bot. See Colza.


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