There are 4 definitions of rape in English:

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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The crime, typically committed by a man, of forcing another person to have sexual intercourse with the offender against their will: he denied two charges of rape [count noun]: he had committed at least two rapes [as modifier]: a rape victim
    Synonyms
    sexual assault, sexual abuse; date rape, gang rape; North American acquaintance rape
    informal gang bang
    archaic or • humorous a fate worse than death
    archaic ravishment, defilement
  • 1.1 archaic The abduction of a woman, especially for the purpose of having sexual intercourse with her: the Rape of the Sabine Women

verb

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Derivatives

raper

noun (chiefly US )

Origin

late Middle English (originally denoting violent seizure of property, later carrying off a woman by force): from Anglo-Norman French rap (noun), raper (verb), from Latin rapere 'seize'.

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noun

[mass noun]
  • A plant of the cabbage family with bright yellow heavily scented flowers, especially a variety ( oilseed rape) grown for its oil-rich seed and as stockfeed. Also called colza.
    • Genus Brassica, family Cruciferae, in particular B. napus subsp. oleifera
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    • They were back in the country, surrounded by fields of bright yellow oilseed rape.
    • Now the main income is generated by a simplified system of wheat, barley, oilseed rape and sugar beet.
    • Problems facing farmers include the extra costs involved in drying wheat, barley and oilseed rape.

Origin

late Middle English (originally denoting the turnip plant): from Latin rapum, rapa 'turnip'.

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noun

[mass noun] (also rapes)
  • The stalks and skins of grapes left after winemaking, used in making vinegar.

Origin

early 17th century (as rape wine): from French râpe, medieval Latin raspa 'bunch of grapes'.

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noun

historical
  • (In the UK) any of the six ancient divisions of Sussex.
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    • Their equivalents in the Danelaw were wapen-takes, in Kent lathes, in Yorkshire ridings, and in Sussex rapes.
    • These and the rapes of the south were a cluster of lands granted around a central castle, which the holder was expected to build and maintain.
    • First, the county was, uniquely, divided into six rapes - strips centred on Chichester, Arundel, Bramber, Lewes, Pevensey, and Hastings.

Origin

Old English, variant of rope, with reference to the fencing-off of land.

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