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lap

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noun \ˈlap\

Definition of lap

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

  2. 2a :  the clothing that lies on the knees, thighs, and lower part of the trunk when one sitsb :  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 and Etymology of lap

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


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lap

verb

Definition of lap

lapped

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lapping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to fold over or around something :  windb :  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. 4a :  to place over and cover a part of :  overlap lap shingles on a roofb :  to join (things, such as two boards) by a lap joint

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

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

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  fold, wind

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

  11. 3 :  to traverse a course

lapper

noun

First Known Use of lap

14th century


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lap

noun

Definition of lap

  1. 1a :  the amount by which one object overlaps or projects beyond anotherb :  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 (such as fibers or paper)

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

First Known Use of lap

1800


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lap

verb

Definition of lap

lapped

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lapping

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

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

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1a :  to take in (food or drink) with the tongueb :  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 and Etymology of lap

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


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lap

noun

Definition of lap

  1. 1a :  an act or instance of lappingb :  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

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

lapped

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lapping

  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

lapped

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lapping

  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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