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Definitions of lap

  1. movement once around a course; " he drove an extra lap just for insurance"
  2. lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another
  3. touching with the tongue; " the dog's laps were warm and wet"
  4. a flap that lies over another part; " the lap of the shingles should be at least ten inches"
  5. the part of a piece of clothing that covers the thighs; " his lap was covered with food stains"
  6. the upper side of the thighs of a seated person; " he picked up the little girl and plopped her down in his lap"
  7. an area of control or responsibility; " the job fell right in my lap"
  8. wash or flow against; " the waves laved the shore"
  9. pass the tongue over
  10. take up with the tongue; " The cat lapped up the milk"; " the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast"
  11. pass the tongue over; " the dog licked her hand"
  12. The loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely; a skirt; an apron.
  13. An edge; a border; a hem, as of cloth.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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).
  17. 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.
  18. A sheet, layer, or bat, of cotton fiber prepared for the carding machine.
  19. 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.
  20. To rest or recline in a lap, or as in a lap.
  21. To cut or polish with a lap, as glass, gems, cutlery, etc. See 1st Lap, 10.
  22. To fold; to bend and lay over or on something; as, to lap a piece of cloth.
  23. To wrap or wind around something.
  24. To infold; to hold as in one's lap; to cherish.
  25. 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.
  26. To lay together one over another, as fleeces or slivers for further working.
  27. 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.
  28. To take up drink or food with the tongue; to drink or feed by licking up something.
  29. To make a sound like that produced by taking up drink with the tongue.
  30. To take into the mouth with the tongue; to lick up with a quick motion of the tongue.
  31. The act of lapping with, or as with, the tongue; as, to take anything into the mouth with a lap.
  32. The sound of lapping.
  33. 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.
  34. The loose part of a garment which may be doubled over; the part of the body from the waist to the knees of a person when seated; the clothing that covers that part of the body; the part of a thing; one length of a course to be passed over in a race; the act of licking up or washing against.
  35. To lay or fold over; as, to lap one shingle over another; to wash or ripple against; as, the water laps the shore; lick up; as, a dog laps water.
  36. To lie partially over something else.
  37. Lapped.
  38. Lapping.
  39. To lick up with the tongue:- pr. p. lapping; pa. t. and pa. p. lapped.
  40. The loose or overhanging flap of anything: the part of the clothes lying on the knees when a person sits down: the part of the body thus covered: a fold.
  41. To lay over or on.
  42. To be spread on or over: to be turned over or upon.
  43. To wrap, fold, involve.
  44. Flap of anything; part of the dress that lies on the knees when sitting.
  45. To be spread or turned over.
  46. To wrap; to lick up.
  47. To lay over, as a fold; infold; involve.
  48. To lie partly over something else.
  49. To lick up; take up liquid with the tongue.
  50. That part of a substance which extends over another.
  51. The upper part of the thighs or knees of a person in a sitting posture; the clothing that covers this part.
  52. A loose overhanging flap; the part of a garment that hangs loosely, and lies on the knees when a person sits down; the upper part of the legs between the knees and body when seated; a roll or aliver of cotton, & c., for feeding the cards of a spinning machine; a wooden disk, or metal wheel, on which leather, & c., is secured, used for burnishing or polishing.
  53. A licking, or the sound of the act.
  54. To fold; to bend and layover or on; to place one thing upon another, so as partially to cover it; to wrap round; to infold.
  55. To lick up with the tongue.
  56. To be spread or laid; to be turned over.
  57. To feed or drink by licking; to sound, as if lapping.
  58. The flap or loose skirt of a garment; the knees and thighs, or the part of the clothes which cover them, in a sitting position, particularly those of a woman; a roll or sliver of cotton for feeding the cards of a spinning- machine.
  59. To bring the lap or flap of the garment round one; to wrap or twist round; to lay one thing partly over another.
  60. To feed or drink with the tongue; to lick up; to cut or polish with a lap.
  61. A piece of brass, lead, or other soft metal, or a piece of wood or leather, in the form of a rapid revolving wheel or disc, used in polishing cutlery, or, along with polishing- powder, in polishing gems or cutting glass.
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Usage examples for lap

  1. From E the line F is drawn distant from E to the amount of lap added to the lead the valve is to have. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  2. Put your feet up on my lap. – Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  3. But I don't think she was ever so miserable again as she must have been before her illness; for she used often to come and see me of an evening, and she would sit there where you are sitting now for an hour at a time, without speaking, her thin white hands lying folded in her lap, and her eyes fixed on the fire. – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  4. Mrs. Beale by this time had her young friend fairly in her lap and she smiled up at Sir Claude. – What Maisie Knew by Henry James
  5. Up jumped the queen's cat, in great excitement, and sat on her mistress' lap. – The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book by Constance Cary Harrison
  6. And she crossed her hands on her lap with a long breath of content. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  7. Now the Seraph's head had dropped to Mrs. Handsomebody's lap. – Explorers of the Dawn by Mazo de la Roche
  8. We're on the last lap now. – Left Tackle Thayer by Ralph Henry Barbour
  9. Joanna looked down into her lap, for her eyes were full of tears. – Joanna Godden by Sheila Kaye-Smith
  10. I think she had better be in my lap. – Carolyn of the Corners by Ruth Belmore Endicott
  11. Mrs. Binswanger let fall idle hands into her lap. – Every Soul Hath Its Song by Fannie Hurst
  12. " You can play with them a little while and then you can eat 'em," she explained, returning with a flat, white box which she put on Brother's lap. – Brother and Sister by Josephine Lawrence
  13. She dropped her work in her lap and looked earnestly in her husband's face. – The Mountain Girl by Payne Erskine
  14. " I'll take you on my lap," offered Janet, and this she did. – The Curlytops on Star Island by Howard R. Garis
  15. By and by the children fell asleep, one on Aunt Cyrilla's lap and one on Lucy Rose's, and two on the seat. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  16. Presently Fanny drew the girl's head down into her lap. – Mr. Waddington of Wyck by May Sinclair
  17. Clementina's hands rested a moment in her lap, and she looked thoughtful. – The Marquis of Lossie by George MacDonald
  18. Then she went on and finished, letting the book drop in her lap. – Man and Maid by Elinor Glyn
  19. She was seated on the floor, and the fatal paper was on her lap. – Ernest Maltravers, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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