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lap

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noun \ˈlap\

Definition of lap

  1. 1 a :  a loose overlapping or hanging panel or flap especially of a garment b archaic :  the skirt of a coat or dress

  2. 2 a :  the clothing that lies on the knees, thighs, and lower part of the trunk when one sits b :  the front part of the lower trunk and thighs of a seated person

  3. 3 :  responsible custody :  control <going to drop the whole thing in your lap — Hamilton Basso>

lapful play \ˈlap-ˌfu̇l\ noun
the lap of luxury
  1. :  an environment of great ease, comfort, and wealth



Origin of lap

Middle English lappe, from Old English læppa; akin to Old High German lappa flap


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with lap


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lap

verb

Definition of lap

lappedlapping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to fold over or around something :  wind b :  to envelop entirely :  swathe

  3. 2 :  to fold over especially into layers

  4. 3 :  to hold protectively in or as if in the lap :  cuddle

  5. 4 a :  to place over and cover a part of :  overlap <lap shingles on a roof> b :  to join (as two boards) by a lap joint

  6. 5 a :  to dress, smooth, or polish (as a metal surface) to a high degree of refinement or accuracy b :  to shape or fit by working two surfaces together with or without abrasives until a very close fit is produced

  7. 6 a :  to overtake and thereby lead or increase the lead over (another contestant) by a full circuit of a racecourse b :  to complete the circuit of (a racecourse)

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  fold, wind

  10. 2 a :  to project beyond or spread over something b :  to lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another :  overlap

  11. 3 :  to traverse a course

lapper noun


14th Century

First Known Use of lap

14th century


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lap

noun

Definition of lap

  1. 1 a :  the amount by which one object overlaps or projects beyond another b :  the part of an object that overlaps another

  2. 2 :  a smoothing and polishing tool usually consisting of a piece of wood, leather, felt, or soft metal in a special shape used with or without an embedded abrasive

  3. 3 :  a doubling or layering of a flexible substance (as fibers or paper)

  4. 4 a :  the act or an instance of traversing a course (as a racing track or swimming pool); also :  the distance covered b :  one segment of a larger unit (as a journey) c :  one complete turn (as of a rope around a drum)



1800

First Known Use of lap

1800


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lap

verb

Definition of lap

lappedlapping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to take in food or drink with the tongue

  3. 2 a :  to make a gentle intermittent splashing sound b :  to move in little waves :  wash

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to take in (food or drink) with the tongue b :  to take in or absorb eagerly or quickly —used with up <the crowd lapped up every word he said>

  6. 2 :  to flow or splash against in little waves

lapper noun


Origin of lap

Middle English, from Old English lapian; akin to Old High German laffan to lick, Latin lambere, Greek laphyssein to devour


First Known Use: before 12th century


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lap

noun

Definition of lap

  1. 1 a :  an act or instance of lapping b :  the amount that can be carried to the mouth by one lick or scoop of the tongue

  2. 2 :  a thin or weak beverage or food

  3. 3 :  a gentle splashing sound



14th Century

First Known Use of lap

14th century



LAP Defined for Kids

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lap

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noun \ˈlap\

Definition of lap for Students

  1. :  the front part of a person between the hips and the knees when seated




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lap

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verb

Definition of lap for Students

lappedlapping

  1. :  overlap <Lap one paper over another.>




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lap

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noun

Definition of lap for Students

  1. 1 :  a part of something that overlaps another part

  2. 2 :  one time around or over a course (as of a racetrack or swimming pool)

  3. 3 :  a stage in a trip




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lap

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verb

Definition of lap for Students

lappedlapping

  1. 1 :  to scoop up food or drink with the tongue <The dog lapped up the water.>

  2. 2 :  to splash gently <The cold stream lapped his bare heels … — Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia>




Medical Dictionary

lap

abbreviation

Medical Definition of lap

  1. laparotomy





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