Definitions for lapping

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. imbrication, overlapping, lapping(noun)

    covering with a design in which one element covers a part of another (as with tiles or shingles)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lapping

    of Lap

  2. Lapping(noun)

    a kind of machine blanket or wrapping material used by calico printers

Freebase

  1. Lapping

    Lapping is a machining process, in which two surfaces are rubbed together with an abrasive between them, by hand movement or by way of a machine. This can take two forms. The first type of lapping, typically involves rubbing a brittle material such as glass against a surface such as iron or glass itself with an abrasive such as aluminum oxide, jeweller's rouge, optician's rouge, emery, silicon carbide, diamond, etc., in between them. This produces microscopic conchoidal fractures as the abrasive rolls about between the two surfaces and removes material from both. The other form of lapping involves a softer material such as pitch or a ceramic for the lap, which is "charged" with the abrasive. The lap is then used to cut a harder material—the workpiece. The abrasive embeds within the softer material which holds it and permits it to score across and cut the harder material. Taken to a finer limit, this will produce a polished surface such as with a polishing cloth on an automobile, or a polishing cloth or polishing pitch upon glass or steel. Taken to the ultimate limit, with the aid of accurate interferometry and specialized polishing machines or skilled hand polishing, lensmakers can produce surfaces that are flat to better than 30 nanometers. This is one twentieth of the wavelength of light from the commonly used 632.8 nm helium neon laser light source. Surfaces this flat can be molecularly bonded by bringing them together under the right conditions..

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ronald Reagan:

    If we don't want to see the map of Central America covered in a sea of red, eventually lapping at our own borders, we must act now.

  2. Francis M. Faber Jr.:

    A steam locomotive engineer is referred as a 'hogger'; Does this reference have to do with his 'lapping-up' many miles over the silver rails?

  3. David Miliband:

    Our perspective is that this a global challenge, and all rich countries should be playing their part both in helping the victims and in trying to support political and diplomat efforts to tackle the problem at source, the fact that people are literally lapping up on the shores of Europe tells you that sticking your head in the sand is certainly not moral but it is not wise either.

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