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The soft, fuzzy surface of a fabric, leather, or plant. Nap is formed by brushing or shreading the fabric surface to produce protruding fiber ends. Velvet, Suede, Flannel, and Corduroy have nap.

Synonyms and Related Terms

nap finish; beddengoed (Ned.) dekens (Ned);

Resources and Citations

  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • American Leather Chemists Association Glossary at