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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sap  \Sap\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Sapped};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Sapping}.]  [F.  saper  (cf.  Sp  zapar,  It  zapare),  fr  sape  a 
  sort  of  scythe,  LL  sappa  a  sort  of  mattock.] 
  1.  To  subvert  by  digging  or  wearing  away  to  mine;  to 
  undermine;  to  destroy  the  foundation  of 
  Nor  safe  their  dwellings  were  for  sapped  by  floods, 
  Their  houses  fell  upon  their  household  gods. 
  2.  (Mil.)  To  pierce  with  saps. 
  3.  To  make  unstable  or  infirm;  to  unsettle;  to  weaken. 
  Ring  out  the  grief  that  saps  the  mind.  --Tennyson. 

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