Definitions for LAPlæp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the front part of the human body from the waist to the knees when in a sitting position.

    Category: Anatomy

  2. the part of the clothing that covers this part of the body.

    Category: Clothing

  3. a place, environment, or situation of rest or nurture:

    the lap of luxury.

  4. an area of responsibility, care, charge, or control:

    They dropped the problem right in my lap.

  5. a hollow place, as a hollow among hills.

  6. a part of a garment that extends over another:

    the lap of a coat.

    Category: Clothing

  7. a loose border or fold.

Origin of lap:

bef. 900; ME lappe, OE læppa, c. OFris lappa, OS lappo fold, skirt

laplæp(v.; n.)lapped, lap•ping

  1. (v.t.)to fold over or around something; wrap or wind.

  2. to enwrap in something; wrap up; clothe.

  3. to envelop or enfold:

    lapped in luxury.

  4. to lay (something) partly over something underneath.

  5. to lie partly over (something underneath); overlap.

  6. to get a lap or more ahead of (a competitor) in racing.

  7. to cut or polish with a lap.

  8. to join, as by scarfing, to form a single, uniform piece.

    Category: Building Trades

  9. (v.i.)to fold or wind around something.

  10. to lie partly over or alongside of something else.

  11. to lie upon and extend beyond a thing; overlap.

  12. to extend beyond a limit.

  13. (n.)the act of lapping.

  14. the amount of material required to go around a thing once.

  15. a complete circuit of a course, as in racing.

  16. one stage of a long trip, undertaking, etc.

  17. an overlapping part.

  18. the extent or amount of overlapping.

  19. a rotating wheel or disk holding an abrasive or polishing powder on its surface, used for gems, cutlery, etc.

    Category: Jewelry

Origin of lap:

1250–1300; ME lappen to fold, wrap; akin to lap1

laplæp(v.; n.)lapped, lap•ping

  1. (v.t.)(of water) to wash against or beat upon (something) with a light, slapping or splashing sound.

  2. to take in (liquid) with the tongue; lick in.

  3. (v.i.)to wash or move in small waves with a light, slapping or splashing sound:

    The water lapped gently against the mooring.

  4. to take up liquid with the tongue; lick up a liquid.

  5. lap up, to take up (liquid) with the tongue, esp. eagerly. to receive enthusiastically: to be persuaded about gullibly.

    to lap up applause.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Informal

  6. (n.)the act of lapping liquid.

  7. the lapping of water against something.

  8. the sound of this:

    the quiet lap of the sea on the rocks.

  9. something lapped up, as liquid food for dogs.

Origin of lap:

bef. 1000; ME lappen, alter. of lapen, OE lapian, c. MLG, MD lapen, OHG laffan



  1. pt. of

    Ref: leap

* Archaic..

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lap(noun)

    the upper side of the thighs of a seated person

    "he picked up the little girl and plopped her down in his lap"

  2. lap(noun)

    an area of control or responsibility

    "the job fell right in my lap"

  3. lap, lap covering(noun)

    the part of a piece of clothing that covers the thighs

    "his lap was covered with food stains"

  4. lap, overlap(noun)

    a flap that lies over another part

    "the lap of the shingles should be at least ten inches"

  5. lap, circle, circuit(noun)

    movement once around a course

    "he drove an extra lap just for insurance"

  6. lick, lap(verb)

    touching with the tongue

    "the dog's laps were warm and wet"

  7. lap(verb)

    lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another

  8. lick, lap(verb)

    pass the tongue over

    "the dog licked her hand"

  9. lap, swish, swosh, swoosh(verb)

    move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound

    "The bubbles swoshed around in the glass"; "The curtain swooshed open"

  10. lap, lap up, lick(verb)

    take up with the tongue

    "The cat lapped up the milk"; "the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast"

  11. lave, lap, wash(verb)

    wash or flow against

    "the waves laved the shore"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. lap(noun)æp

    the part of your legs you can rest sth on when you sit; = knee

    Come sit on my lap, sweetheart.

  2. lapæp

    one time around a racetrack

    the final lap; a lap of honor

  3. lap(verb)æp

    (of an animal) to lick liquid with its tongue

    a cat lapping its milk

  4. lapæp

    (of water) to gently and repeatedly touch

    waves lapping the seashore; water lapping against the boat

  5. lapæp

    to move a lap ahead of sb in a race

    The race leader is now lapping the other runners.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lap(noun)

    the loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely; a skirt; an apron

  2. Lap(noun)

    an edge; a border; a hem, as of cloth

  3. Lap(noun)

    the part of the clothing that lies on the knees or thighs when one sits down; that part of the person thus covered; figuratively, a place of rearing and fostering; as, to be reared in the lap of luxury

  4. Lap(noun)

    that part of any substance or fixture which extends over, or lies upon, or by the side of, a part of another; as, the lap of a board; also, the measure of such extension over or upon another thing

  5. Lap(noun)

    the amount by which a slide valve at its half stroke overlaps a port in the seat, being equal to the distance the valve must move from its mid stroke position in order to begin to open the port. Used alone, lap refers to outside lap. See Outside lap (below)

  6. Lap(noun)

    the state or condition of being in part extended over or by the side of something else; or the extent of the overlapping; as, the second boat got a lap of half its length on the leader

  7. Lap(noun)

    one circuit around a race track, esp. when the distance is a small fraction of a mile; as, to run twenty laps; to win by three laps. See Lap, to fold, 2

  8. Lap(noun)

    in card playing and other games, the points won in excess of the number necessary to complete a game; -- so called when they are counted in the score of the following game

  9. Lap(noun)

    a sheet, layer, or bat, of cotton fiber prepared for the carding machine

  10. Lap(noun)

    a piece of brass, lead, or other soft metal, used to hold a cutting or polishing powder in cutting glass, gems, and the like, or in polishing cutlery, etc. It is usually in the form of wheel or disk, which revolves on a vertical axis

  11. Lap(verb)

    to rest or recline in a lap, or as in a lap

  12. Lap(verb)

    to cut or polish with a lap, as glass, gems, cutlery, etc. See 1st Lap, 10

  13. Lap(noun)

    to fold; to bend and lay over or on something; as, to lap a piece of cloth

  14. Lap(noun)

    to wrap or wind around something

  15. Lap(noun)

    to infold; to hold as in one's lap; to cherish

  16. Lap(noun)

    to lay or place over anything so as to partly or wholly cover it; as, to lap one shingle over another; to lay together one partly over another; as, to lap weather-boards; also, to be partly over, or by the side of (something); as, the hinder boat lapped the foremost one

  17. Lap(noun)

    to lay together one over another, as fleeces or slivers for further working

  18. Lap(verb)

    to be turned or folded; to lie partly upon or by the side of something, or of one another; as, the cloth laps back; the boats lap; the edges lap

  19. Lap(verb)

    to take up drink or food with the tongue; to drink or feed by licking up something

  20. Lap(verb)

    to make a sound like that produced by taking up drink with the tongue

  21. Lap(verb)

    to take into the mouth with the tongue; to lick up with a quick motion of the tongue

  22. Lap(noun)

    the act of lapping with, or as with, the tongue; as, to take anything into the mouth with a lap

  23. Lap(noun)

    the sound of lapping


  1. Lap

    A lap is a surface created between the knee and hips of a bipedal being when it is in a seated or lying down position.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. lap

    In naval mine warfare, that section or strip of an area assigned to a single sweeper or formation of sweepers for a run through the area.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LAP' in Nouns Frequency: #2225

Anagrams of LAP

  1. Alp

  2. APL

  3. LPA

  4. PAL

  5. PLA

Translations for LAP

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the part from waist to knees of a person who is sitting

The baby was lying in its mother's lap.

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