lapping 1 of 3

as in overlap
a partial covering of one thing by an adjoining member the lapping of the roofing shingles should be several inches in order to avoid leaks

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verb (1)

present participle of lap
as in washing
to flow along or against the waves gently lapped the sandy shore

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as in rippling
to move with a splashing motion a stiff breeze that was causing the lake waters to lap against the hull with some force

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verb (2)

present participle of lap

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“Lapping.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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