/læp / (say lap)

1. the part of the clothing that lies on the front portion of the body from the waist to the knees when one sits.
2. this portion of the body, especially as the place in or on which something is held or a child is nursed, cherished, etc.
3. that in which anything rests or reposes, or is nurtured or fostered.
4. an area of control or responsibility: the task was dropped in my lap.
5. a lap-like or hollow place, as a hollow among hills.
6. the front part of a skirt, especially as held up to contain something.
7. a loose border or fold.
8. a part of a garment which projects or extends over another.
9. in the lap of luxury, in affluent circumstances.
10. in the lap of the gods, unpredictable; controlled by chance.
{Middle English lappe, Old English læppa}
[c]/læp / (say lap)

verb (lapped, lapping)
verb (t)
1. to fold over or about something; wrap or wind round something.
2. to enwrap in something; wrap up; clothe.
3. to enfold or hold in or as in the lap; nurse, fondle, or cherish.
4. to lay (something) partly over something underneath; lay (things) together, one partly over another.
5. to lie partly over (something underneath).
6. to get a lap or more ahead of (a competitor) in racing.
7. to cut or polish (a gem, etc.) with a lap (def. 21).
8. to join, as by scarfing, to form a single piece with the same dimensions throughout.
verb (i)
9. to be folded over; fold or wind round something.
10. Obsolete to lie partly over or alongside something else; lie together, one partly over or beside another.
11. to lie upon and extend beyond a thing.
12. to extend beyond a limit.
13. the act of lapping.
14. the amount of a material required to go round a thing once.
a. a single round or circuit of the course in racing.
b. a single round or circuit of any course, as of a playing field, street block, etc.
16. the act of overlapping.
17. the state of overlapping.
18. the point or place of overlapping.
19. an overlapping part.
20. the extent or amount of overlapping.
21. a rotating wheel or disc holding an abrasive or polishing powder on its surface, used for gems, cutlery, etc.
phrase Also, Victoria, cut laps.
22. chuck laps, Colloquial (especially among young adults) to drive, usually repeatedly, around a street block, often with a group of friends as a social activity.
{Middle English lappe(n); apparently from lap1}
lapper, noun
[c]/læp / (say lap)

verb (lapped, lapping)
verb (t)
1. (of water) to wash against or beat upon (something) with a lapping sound.
2. Also, lap up. to take up (liquid) with the tongue; lick up.
verb (i)
3. (of water) to wash with a sound as of licking up a liquid.
4. to take up liquid with the tongue; lick up a liquid.
5. the act of lapping liquid.
6. the lapping of water against something.
7. the sound of this.
8. something lapped up, as liquid food for dogs.
9. lap up, to receive and accept avidly.
{Middle English lappe, unexplained variant of lape, Old English lapian; distantly related to Latin lambere lick, lap}
lapper, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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  • Lap — (l[a^]p), n. [OE. lappe, AS. l[ae]ppa; akin to D. lap patch, piece, G. lappen, OHG. lappa, Dan. lap, Sw. lapp.] 1. The loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely; a skirt; an apron. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. An edge; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lap — Ⅰ. lap [1] ► NOUN ▪ the flat area between the waist and knees of a seated person. ● fall (or drop) into someone s lap Cf. ↑fall into someone s lap ● in someone s lap Cf. ↑in someone s lap …   English terms dictionary

  • lap — lap1 [lap] n. [ME lappe < OE læppa, fold or hanging part of a garment, skin; akin to Ger lappen < IE base * leb , lāb , to hang down > L labare, to totter, labi, to fall, sink, lapsus, a fall] 1. Now Rare the loose lower part of a… …   English World dictionary

  • LAP — 1922 1987 Jean Laplaine, dit Lap, fut l’un des personnages les plus représentatifs de la continuité caricaturale propre au Canard enchaîné . Il naquit à Joigny en 1922. Après avoir participé activement à la Résistance, il collabora au quotidien… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Lap — Lap, v. t. [OE. lappen to fold (see {Lap}, n.); cf. also OE. wlappen, perh. another form of wrappen, E, wrap.] 1. To fold; to bend and lay over or on something; as, to lap a piece of cloth. [1913 Webster] 2. To wrap or wind around something.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lap — Lap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lapped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lapping}.] 1. To rest or recline in a lap, or as in a lap. [1913 Webster] To lap his head on lady s breast. Praed. [1913 Webster] 2. To cut or polish with a lap, as glass, gems, cutlery, etc.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lap — Lap, v. i. 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. [1913 Webster] The upper wings are opacous; at their hinder ends, where they lap over,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • LAP — steht für: Lehrabschlussprüfung Lebensabschnittspartner, siehe Lebensgefährte Landesanstalt für Pflanzenbau Forchheim L.A.P., ein Spiel LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, ein Verlag der VDM Publishing Gruppe. Landschaftspflegerischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lap — Lap, n. 1. The act of lapping with, or as with, the tongue; as, to take anything into the mouth with a lap. [1913 Webster] 2. The sound of lapping. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lap — Lap, v. i. [OE. lappen, lapen, AS. lapian; akin to LG. lappen, OHG. laffan, Icel. lepja, Dan. lade, Sw. l[ a]ppja, L. lambere; cf. Gr. ?, W. llepio. Cf. {Lambent}.] 1. To take up drink or food with the tongue; to drink or feed by licking up… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lap up — lap up, v. t. [See {lap}, v. i.] 1. To take up (drink or food) with the tongue; to drink by licking up. [1913 Webster] 2. (fig.) To accept or enjoy enthusiatically and uncritically. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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