Definitions of lap

  1. To be spread or laid; to be turned over.
  2. To feed or drink by licking; to sound, as if lapping.
  3. To lick up; take up liquid with the tongue.
  4. To rest or recline in a lap, or as in a lap.
  5. To cut or polish with a lap, as glass, gems, cutlery, etc. See 1st Lap, 10.
  6. To take into the mouth with the tongue; to lick up with a quick motion of the tongue.
  7. 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.
  8. To lay over or on.
  9. To wrap, fold, involve.
  10. To wrap; to lick up.
  11. To lay over, as a fold; infold; involve.
  12. 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.
  13. To take up drink or food with the tongue; to drink or feed by licking up something.
  14. To make a sound like that produced by taking up drink with the tongue.
  15. To lie partially over something else.
  16. To be spread on or over: to be turned over or upon.
  17. To be spread or turned over.
  18. lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another
  19. To lie partly over something else.
  20. 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.
  21. To lick up with the tongue.
  22. To bring the lap or flap of the garment round one; to wrap or twist round; to lay one thing partly over another.
  23. To feed or drink with the tongue; to lick up; to cut or polish with a lap.
  24. Lapping.
  25. movement once around a course; " he drove an extra lap just for insurance"
  26. the upper side of the thighs of a seated person; " he picked up the little girl and plopped her down in his lap"
  27. an area of control or responsibility; " the job fell right in my lap"
  28. pass the tongue over; " the dog licked her hand"
  29. The loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely; a skirt; an apron.
  30. An edge; a border; a hem, as of cloth.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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).
  34. 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.
  35. A sheet, layer, or bat, of cotton fiber prepared for the carding machine.
  36. 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.
  37. To fold; to bend and lay over or on something; as, to lap a piece of cloth.
  38. To wrap or wind around something.
  39. To infold; to hold as in one's lap; to cherish.
  40. 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.
  41. To lay together one over another, as fleeces or slivers for further working.
  42. The act of lapping with, or as with, the tongue; as, to take anything into the mouth with a lap.
  43. The sound of lapping.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. To lick up with the tongue:- pr. p. lapping; pa. t. and pa. p. lapped.
  47. 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.
  48. Flap of anything; part of the dress that lies on the knees when sitting.
  49. That part of a substance which extends over another.
  50. The upper part of the thighs or knees of a person in a sitting posture; the clothing that covers this part.
  51. 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.
  52. A licking, or the sound of the act.
  53. 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.
  54. Lapped.