sapping

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

sapping

  1. present participle of sap

Noun[edit]

sapping (plural sappings)

  1. The act by which something is sapped or depleted.
    • Joseph Story
      [The government] may be destroyed by popular violence, or the madness of party, or the deeper sappings of corruption.
  2. The act of excavating trenches.