lap

1
[lap]

noun


Nearby words

  1. laokoön,
  2. laomedon,
  3. laon,
  4. laos,
  5. laotian,
  6. lap band ,
  7. lap belt,
  8. lap child,
  9. lap dance,
  10. lap dancing

Origin of lap

1
before 900; Middle English lappe, Old English læppa; cognate with Dutch lap; akin to German lappen, Old Norse leppr rag, patch

lap

2
[lap]

verb (used with object), lapped, lap·ping.

to fold over or around something; wrap or wind around something: to lap a bandage around one's finger.
to enwrap in something; wrap up; clothe.
to envelop or enfold: lapped in luxury.
to lay (something) partly over something underneath; lay (things) together, one partly over another; overlap.
to lie partly over (something underneath).
to get a lap or more ahead of (a competitor) in racing, as on an oval track.
to cut or polish with a lap.
to join, as by scarfing, to form a single piece with the same dimensions throughout.
to change (cotton, wool, etc.) into a compressed layer or sheet.

verb (used without object), lapped, lap·ping.

to fold or wind around something.
to lie partly over or alongside of something else.
to lie upon and extend beyond a thing; overlap.
to extend beyond a limit.

noun

the act of lapping.
the amount of material required to go around a thing once.
a complete circuit of a course in racing or in walking for exercise: to run a lap.
an overlapping part.
the extent or amount of overlapping.
a rotating wheel or disk holding an abrasive or polishing powder on its surface, used for gems, cutlery, etc.
a compressed layer or sheet of cotton, wool, or other fibrous material usually wound on an iron rod or rolled into a cylindrical form for further processing during carding.

Origin of lap

2
1250–1300; Middle English lappen to fold, wrap; cognate with Dutch lappen to patch, mend; akin to lap1

lap

3
[lap]

verb (used with object), lapped, lap·ping.

(of water) to wash against or beat upon (something) with a light, slapping or splashing sound: Waves lapped the shoreline.
to take in (liquid) with the tongue; lick in: to lap water from a bowl.

verb (used without object), lapped, lap·ping.

to wash or move in small waves with a light, slapping or splashing sound: The water lapped gently against the mooring.
to take up liquid with the tongue; lick up a liquid.

noun

the act of lapping liquid.
the lapping of water against something.
the sound of this: the quiet lap of the sea on the rocks.
something lapped up, as liquid food for dogs.

Verb Phrases

lap up,
  1. Informal.to receive enthusiastically: The audience lapped up his monologue.
  2. to take in (all of a liquid) with the tongue; drink up: The cat lapped up her milk and looked for more.

Origin of lap

3
before 1000; Middle English lappen, unexplained variant of lapen, Old English lapian; cognate with Middle Low German lapen, Old High German laffan; akin to Latin lambere, Greek láptein to lick, lap

lap

4
[lap]

verb Archaic.

simple past tense of leap.
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British Dictionary definitions for lap

lap

1

noun

one circuit of a racecourse or track
a stage or part of a journey, race, etc
  1. an overlapping part or projection
  2. the extent of overlap
the length of material needed to go around an object
a rotating disc coated with fine abrasive for polishing gemstones
any device for holding a fine abrasive to polish materials
metallurgy a defect in rolled metals caused by the folding of a fin onto the surface
a sheet or band of fibres, such as cotton, prepared for further processing

verb laps, lapping or lapped

(tr) to wrap or fold (around or over)he lapped a bandage around his wrist
(tr) to enclose or envelop inhe lapped his wrist in a bandage
to place or lie partly or completely over or project beyond
(tr; usually passive) to envelop or surround with comfort, love, etclapped in luxury
(intr) to be folded
(tr) to overtake (an opponent) in a race so as to be one or more circuits ahead
(tr) to polish or cut (a workpiece, gemstone, etc) with a fine abrasive, esp to hone (mating metal parts) against each other with an abrasive
to form (fibres) into a sheet or band
Derived Formslapper, noun

Word Origin for lap

C13 (in the sense: to wrap): probably from lap 1

verb laps, lapping or lapped

(of small waves) to wash against (a shore, boat, etc), usually with light splashing sounds
(often foll by up) (esp of animals) to scoop (a liquid) into the mouth with the tongue

noun

the act or sound of lapping
a thin food for dogs or other animals
See also lap up

Derived Formslapper, noun

Word Origin for lap

Old English lapian; related to Old High German laffan, Latin lambere, Greek laptein

noun

the area formed by the upper surface of the thighs of a seated person
Also called: lapful the amount held in one's lap
a protected place or environmentin the lap of luxury
any of various hollow or depressed areas, such as a hollow in the land
the part of one's clothing that covers the lap
drop in someone's lap give someone the responsibility of
in the lap of the gods beyond human control and power

Word Origin for lap

Old English læppa flap; see lobe, lappet, lop ²

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Word Origin and History for lap
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Idioms and Phrases with lap

lap

In addition to the idioms beginning with lap

  • lap of luxury, in the
  • lap of the gods, in the
  • lap up

also see:

  • drop in someone's lap
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