lap: Meaning and Definition of
- the front part of the human body from the waist to the knees when in a sitting position.
- the part of the clothing that lies on the front portion of the body from the waist to the knees when one sits.
- a place, environment, or situation of rest or nurture: the lap of luxury.
- area of responsibility, care, charge, or control: They dropped the problem right in his lap.
- a hollow place, as a hollow among hills.
- the front part of a skirt, esp. as held up to contain something.
- a part of a garment that extends over another: the lap of a coat.
- a loose border or fold.
— v., n. lapped, lap•ping,
- to fold over or around something; wrap or wind around something: to lap a bandage around one's finger.
- to enwrap in something; wrap up; clothe.
- to envelop or enfold: lapped in luxury.
- to lay (something) partly over something underneath; lay (things) together, one partly over another; overlap.
- to lie partly over (something underneath).
- to get a lap or more ahead of (a competitor) in racing, as on an oval track.
- to cut or polish with a lap.
- to join, as by scarfing, to form a single piece with the same dimensions throughout.
- to change (cotton, wool, etc.) into a compressed layer or sheet.
- to fold or wind around something.
- to lie partly over or alongside of something else.
- to lie upon and extend beyond a thing; overlap.
- to extend beyond a limit.
- the act of lapping.
- the amount of material required to go around a thing once.
- a complete circuit of a course in racing or in walking for exercise: to run a lap.
- an overlapping part.
- the extent or amount of overlapping.
- a rotating wheel or disk holding an abrasive or polishing powder on its surface, used for gems, cutlery, etc.
- a compressed layer or sheet of cotton, wool, or other fibrous material usually wound on an iron rod or rolled into a cylindrical form for further processing during carding.
— v., n. lapped, lap•ping,
- (of water) to wash against or beat upon (something) with a light, slapping or splashing sound: Waves lapped the shoreline.
- to take in (liquid) with the tongue; lick in: to lap water from a bowl.
- to wash or move in small waves with a light, slapping or splashing sound: The water lapped gently against the mooring.
- to take up liquid with the tongue; lick up a liquid.
- The audience lapped up his monologue.
- Informal.to receive enthusiastically:The audience lapped up his monologue.
- to take in (all of a liquid) with the tongue; drink up:The cat lapped up her milk and looked for more.
- the act of lapping liquid.
- the lapping of water against something.
- the sound of this: the quiet lap of the sea on the rocks.
- something lapped up, as liquid food for dogs.
— v. Archaic.
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- lap (Thesaurus)