What does LAP mean?

Definitions for LAPlæp

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word LAP.

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"

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

  24. Origin: [OE. lappen, lapen, AS. lapian; akin to LG. lappen, OHG. laffan, Icel. lepja, Dan. lade, Sw. lppja, L. lambere; cf. Gr. , W. llepio. Cf. Lambent.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lap

    lap, v.t. to lick up with the tongue: to wash or flow against.—v.i. to drink by licking up a liquid: to make a sound of such a kind:—pr.p. lap′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. lapped.—n. a motion or sound like lapping. [A.S. lapian; Low Ger. lappen; L. lambĕre, Gr. laptein.]

  2. Lap

    lap, n. the loose or overhanging flap of anything: the part of a substance extending over or partly over the rear of another, or the extent of such extension: the part of the clothes lying on the knees when a person sits down: the part of the body thus covered, esp. with reference to nursing, &c.: a fold: a course or round of the track, as in foot-racing, &c.: at euchre, &c., a carrying over to the next game of a surplus of points from the last: the space over which a steam-engine slide-valve travels after the closing of the steam-passage to or from the cylinder: a rotating disc of lead, copper, leather, &c., charged with an abrasive powder, used in cutting gems, &c.—v.t. to lay over or on.—v.i. to be spread on or over: to be turned over or upon.—ns. Lap′-board, a flat wide board resting on the lap, used by tailors and seamstresses; Lap′-dog, a small dog fondled in the lap: a pet dog; Lap′ful, as much as fills a lap.—adj. Lap′-joint′ed, having joints formed by overlapping edges.—ns. Lap′-stone, a stone which shoemakers hold in the lap to hammer leather on; Lap′-streak, a clinker-built boat—also adj.; Lap′work, work containing lap-joints. [A.S. læppa, a loosely hanging part; Ice. lapa, to hang loose, Ger. lappen, a rag.]

  3. Lap

    lap, v.t. to wrap, fold, involve.—ns. Lap′per, one who wraps or folds: in cotton manufacturing, a machine which compacts the scutched cotton into a fleece upon the surface of a roller called a lap-roller; Lap′ping, the process of forming a lap or fleece of fibrous material for the carding-machine: the rubbing or polishing of a metal surface: the process of rubbing away the lands, or metal between the grooves of a rifled gun, to increase the bore. [M. E. wlappen, being a form of wrap.]

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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for LAP »

  1. Alp

  2. APL

  3. LPA

  4. PAL

  5. PLA


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of LAP in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of LAP in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mare Dibaba:

    I was confident because my last lap is fast.

  2. Courtney McGregor:

    But then I did a handstand lap around the lounge.

  3. House Speaker John Boehner:

    So it's not quite what I would describe as a victory lap.

  4. Paul Hames:

    For things to land in you're lap. You must be sitting down.

  5. Erin Hohlfelder:

    Despite the good news, we should not take a victory lap yet.

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