[rap-ter, -tawr] /ˈræp tər, -tɔr/
another name for bird of prey
(informal) a carnivorous bipedal dinosaur of the late Cretaceous period
c.1600, “ravisher, abductor,” from Latin raptor “a robber, plunderer, abductor, ravisher,” agent noun from past participle stem of rapere “to seize” (see rapid). Ornithological use is from 1873 (1823 in Latin plural Raptores).
[rap-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ræpˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ adjective 1. preying upon other animals; predatory. 2. adapted for seizing prey, as the bill or claws of a bird. 3. belonging or pertaining to the Raptores, a former order in which the falconiform and strigiform birds were erroneously grouped together. /ræpˈtɔːrɪəl/ adjective (zoology) 1. (of the feet […]
[rap-cherd] /ˈræp tʃərd/ adjective, Theology. 1. (especially of saints) experiencing religious ecstasy as a result of one’s faith. [rap-cher] /ˈræp tʃər/ noun 1. ecstatic joy or delight; joyful ecstasy. 2. Often, raptures. an utterance or expression of ecstatic delight. 3. the carrying of a person to another place or sphere of existence. 4. the Rapture, […]
[rap-cher] /ˈræp tʃər/ noun 1. ecstatic joy or delight; joyful ecstasy. 2. Often, raptures. an utterance or expression of ecstatic delight. 3. the carrying of a person to another place or sphere of existence. 4. the Rapture, Theology. the experience, anticipated by some fundamentalist Christians, of meeting Christ midway in the air upon his return […]
noun, Pathology. 1. . rapture of the deep rap·ture of the deep (rāp’chər) n. See nitrogen narcosis.