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sapped


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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. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  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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