1) anat. the front part of the human body from the waist to the knees when in a sitting position
2) clo the part of the clothing that covers this part of the body
3) a place, environment, or situation of rest or nurture:
the lap of luxury[/ex]
4) an area of responsibility, care, charge, or control:
They dropped the problem right in my lap[/ex]
5) a hollow place, as a hollow among hills
6) clo a part of a garment that extends over another:
the lap of a coat[/ex]
7) a loose border or fold
Etymology: bef. 900; ME lappe, OE læppa, c. OFris lappa, OSlappofold, skirt II
[[t]læp[/t]] v. lapped, lap•ping, n.
1) to fold over or around something; wrap or wind
2) to enwrap in something; wrap up; clothe
3) to envelop or enfold:
lapped in luxury[/ex]
4) to lay (something) partly over something underneath
5) to lie partly over (something underneath); overlap
6) to get a lap or more ahead of (a competitor) in racing
7) to cut or polish with a lap
8) bui to join, as by scarfing, to form a single, uniform piece
9) to fold or wind around something
10) to lie partly over or alongside of something else
11) to lie upon and extend beyond a thing; overlap
12) to extend beyond a limit
13) the act of lapping
14) the amount of material required to go around a thing once
15) a complete circuit of a course, as in racing
16) one stage of a long trip, undertaking, etc
17) an overlapping part
18) the extent or amount of overlapping
19) jew a rotating wheel or disk holding an abrasive or polishing powder on its surface, used for gems, cutlery, etc
Etymology: 1250–1300; ME lappen to fold, wrap; akin to lap I III
[[t]læp[/t]] v. lapped, lap•ping, n.
1) (of water) to wash against or beat upon (something) with a light, slapping or splashing sound
2) to take in (liquid) with the tongue; lick in
3) to wash or move in small waves with a light, slapping or splashing sound:
The water lapped gently against the mooring[/ex]
4) to take up liquid with the tongue; lick up a liquid
5) phv+inf lap up
a) to take up (liquid) with the tongue, esp. eagerly
b) to receive enthusiastically:
to lap up applause[/ex]
c) to be persuaded about gullibly
6) the act of lapping liquid
7) the lapping of water against something
8) the sound of this:
the quiet lap of the sea on the rocks[/ex]
9) something lapped up, as liquid food for dogs
Etymology: bef. 1000; ME lappen, alter. of lapen, OE lapian, c. MLG, MD lapen, OHG laffan lap′per, n. IV
[[t]læp[/t]] v. archaic
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