To Knap. v.a. [knappen, Dutch.]
- To bite; to break short.
He knappeth the spear in sunder. Common Prayer.
He will knap the spears a-pieces with his teeth. More.
- [Knaap, Erse.] To strike so as to make a sharp noise like that of breaking.
Knap a pair of tongs some depth in a vessel of water, and you shall hear the sound of the tongs. Bacon's Natural Hist.