Definitions for: Lap


[n] touching with the tongue; "the dog's laps were warm and wet"
[n] movement once around a course; "he drove an extra lap just for insurance"
[n] a flap that lies over another part; "the lap of the shingles should be at least ten inches"
[n] the part of a piece of clothing that covers the thighs; "his lap was covered with food stains"
[n] the upper side of the thighs of a seated person; "he picked up the little girl and plopped her down in his lap"
[n] an area of control or responsibility; "the job fell right in my lap"
[v] wash or flow against; "the waves laved the shore"
[v] take up with the tongue; "The cat lapped up the milk"
[v] pass the tongue over
[v] move with or make or cause to move with or make a whistling or hissing sound, as of liquids
[v] lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another



Webster (1913) Definition: Lap, 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.

2. An edge; a border; a hem, as of cloth. --Chaucer.

If he cuts off but a lap of truth's garment, his
heart smites him. --Fuller.

3. 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.

Men expect that happiness should drop into their
laps. --Tillotson.

4. 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.

Note: The lap of shingles or slates in roofing is the
distance one course extends over the second course
below, the distance over the course immediately below
being called the cover.

5. (Steam Engine) 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. 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. 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. 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. (Cotton Manuf.) A sheet, layer, or bat, of cotton fiber
prepared for the carding machine.

10. (Mach.) 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.

Lap joint, a joint made by one layer, part, or piece,
overlapping another, as in the scarfing of timbers.

Lap weld, a lap joint made by welding together overlapping
edges or ends.

Inside lap (Steam Engine), lap of the valve with respect to
the exhaust port.

Outside lap, lap with respect to the admission, or steam,
port.


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.

To lap his head on lady's breast. --Praed.

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


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.

2. To wrap or wind around something.

About the paper . . . I lapped several times a
slender thread of very black silk. --Sir I.
Newton.

3. To infold; to hold as in one's lap; to cherish.

Her garment spreads, and laps him in the folds.
--Dryden.

4. 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.

5. (Carding & Spinning) To lay together one over another, as
fleeces or slivers for further working.

To lap boards, shingles, etc., to lay one partly over
another.

To lap timbers, to unite them in such a way as to preserve
the same breadth and depth throughout, as by scarfing.
--Weale.


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.

The upper wings are opacous; at their hinder ends,
where they lap over, transparent, like the wing of a
flay. --Grew.


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 something.

The dogs by the River Nilus's side, being thirsty,
lap hastily as they run along the shore. --Sir K.
Digby.

2. To make a sound like that produced by taking up drink with
the tongue.

I heard the ripple washing in the reeds, And the
wild water lapping on the crag. --Tennyson.


Lap, v. t.
To take into the mouth with the tongue; to lick up with a
quick motion of the tongue.

They 'II take suggestion as a cat laps milk. --Shak.


Lap, n.
1. The act of lapping with, or as with, the tongue; as, to
take anything into the mouth with a lap.

2. The sound of lapping.

Synonyms: circle, circuit, lap covering, lap up, lave, lick, lick, overlap, swish, swosh, wash

See Also: area, arena, cloth covering, cuff, domain, drink, field, flap, flow, fondle, go, hem, imbibe, lap of honour, lap of the gods, lapel, lappet, lie, locomotion, orbit, pace lap, pants, skirt, sound, sphere, stroke, thigh, tongue, touch, touching, travel, trousers, turnup, victory lap

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