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[lap-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈlæpˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a thin, flat board to be held on the lap for use as a table or writing surface.
Origin of lapboard
First recorded in 1830-40; lap1 + board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For, one morning, I found him ruling a sheet of paper on a lapboard—he had fumed until the nurse had given him his pen.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • Only once had he set Cropsie and his lapboard literature aside, and followed his own impulse.

    A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill Alice Hegan Rice
  • Jasper arose, put down his lapboard, shut his knife and with a serious air said to the old darkey.

    The Starbucks

    Opie Percival Read
British Dictionary definitions for lapboard


a flat board that can be used on the lap as a makeshift table or desk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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