lap

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1lap

noun \ˈlap\

Definition of LAP

1
a :  a loose overlapping or hanging panel or flap especially of a garment
b archaic :  the skirt of a coat or dress
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
:  responsible custody :  control <going to drop the whole thing in your lap — Hamilton Basso>
lap·ful \ˈlap-ˌfl\ noun
the lap of luxury
:  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

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

Rhymes with LAP

2lap

verb
lappedlap·ping

Definition of LAP

transitive verb
1
a :  to fold over or around something :  wind
b :  to envelop entirely :  swathe
2
:  to fold over especially into layers
3
:  to hold protectively in or as if in the lap :  cuddle
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
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
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)
intransitive verb
1
:  fold, wind
2
a :  to project beyond or spread over something
b :  to lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another :  overlap
3
:  to traverse a course
lap·per noun

First Known Use of LAP

14th century

3lap

noun

Definition of LAP

1
a :  the amount by which one object overlaps or projects beyond another
b :  the part of an object that overlaps another
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
:  a doubling or layering of a flexible substance (as fibers or paper)
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)

First Known Use of LAP

1800

4lap

verb
lappedlap·ping

Definition of LAP

intransitive verb
1
:  to take in food or drink with the tongue
2
a :  to make a gentle intermittent splashing sound
b :  to move in little waves :  wash
transitive verb
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>
2
:  to flow or splash against in little waves
lap·per 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

5lap

noun

Definition of LAP

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
:  a thin or weak beverage or food
3
:  a gentle splashing sound

First Known Use of LAP

14th century

lap

abbreviation    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LAP

laparotomy

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