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 Americanacquaintance 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
2The wanton destruction or spoiling of a place: the rape of the countryside
Synonyms
destruction, violation, vandalizing, ravaging, pillaging; plundering, raiding, desecration, defilement; marauding, ransacking, sacking, sack
literary despoilment, rapine
rare despoliation, spoliation

verb

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1(Typically of a man) force (another person) to have sexual intercourse with the offender against their will: the woman was raped at knifepoint [no object]: he pleaded not guilty to burglary with intent to rape
Synonyms
sexually assault, violate, force oneself on, abuse sexually; date-rape, gang-rape
informal gang-bang
archaic ravish, defile, dishonour
2Spoil or destroy (a place): timber men doubt the government’s ability to ensure the forests are not raped
Synonyms
ravage, plunder, pillage, violate, desecrate, defile; lay waste, ransack, sack; maraud over, raid
literary despoil
archaic spoil, reave

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'.

Derivatives

raper

noun (chiefly US)

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There are 4 definitions of rape in English:

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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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There are 4 definitions of rape in English:

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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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