lap1 [lap]
[ME lappe < OE læppa, fold or hanging part of a garment, skin; akin to Ger lappen < IE base * leb-, lāb-, to hang down > L labare, to totter, labi, to fall, sink, lapsus, a fall]
1. Now Rare the loose lower part of a garment, which may be doubled or folded over; skirt of a coat or gown
2. the front part of the skirt when it is held up to form a hollow place in which things can be carried
a) the front part from the waist to the knees of a person in a sitting position
b) the part of the clothing covering this
4. anything hollow like a lap, as a valley
5. that in which a person or thing rests or is cared for, sheltered, or coddled
6. a part extending over another part; overlapping part
a) such extension; overlapping
b) amount or place of this
8. a turn or loop, as of a rope around a post
9. a rotating disk for cutting and polishing glass, gems, etc.
a) one complete circuit around a racetrack, in a race consisting of more than one
b) one part or stage of an extended project
11. the act or condition of lapping
lapped, lapping [ME lappen < the n.]
1. to fold (over or on)
2. to wrap; enfold
3. to hold in or as in the lap; envelop [lapped in luxury]
4. to place partly upon something else [to lap one board over another]
5. to lie partly upon; overlap [one board laps the other]
6. to cut or polish (glass, gems, etc.) with a lap
7. to get a lap ahead of (an opponent) in a race
1. to be folded [rough edges must lap under]
2. to lie partly upon something or upon one another; overlap
3. to project beyond something in space, or extend beyond something in time: with over
drop into someone's lap or dump into someone's lap
to cause to be someone's responsibility
in the lap of luxury
surrounded by luxury
in the lap of the gods
beyond human control or power
lap2 [lap]
vi., vt.
lapped, lapping [ME lapen < OE lapian, akin to MDu lapen, OHG laffan, to lick < IE echoic base * lab-, to lick > L lambere]
1. to drink (a liquid) by dipping it up with the tongue in the manner of a dog
2. to move or strike gently with a light splashing sound such as a dog makes in lapping: said of waves, etc.
1. the act of lapping
2. the sound of lapping
3. something that is, or is intended to be, lapped up
lap up
1. to take up (liquid or liquid food) by lapping
2. Informal to eat or drink greedily
3. Informal
a) to accept with enthusiasm
b) to believe too readily

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  • Lap — (l[a^]p), n. [OE. lappe, AS. l[ae]ppa; akin to D. lap patch, piece, G. lappen, OHG. lappa, Dan. lap, Sw. lapp.] 1. The loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely; a skirt; an apron. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. An edge; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lap — Ⅰ. lap [1] ► NOUN ▪ the flat area between the waist and knees of a seated person. ● fall (or drop) into someone s lap Cf. ↑fall into someone s lap ● in someone s lap Cf. ↑in someone s lap …   English terms dictionary

  • LAP — 1922 1987 Jean Laplaine, dit Lap, fut l’un des personnages les plus représentatifs de la continuité caricaturale propre au Canard enchaîné . Il naquit à Joigny en 1922. Après avoir participé activement à la Résistance, il collabora au quotidien… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Lap — Lap, v. t. [OE. lappen to fold (see {Lap}, n.); cf. also OE. wlappen, perh. another form of wrappen, E, wrap.] 1. To fold; to bend and lay over or on something; as, to lap a piece of cloth. [1913 Webster] 2. To wrap or wind around something.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lap — Lap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lapped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lapping}.] 1. To rest or recline in a lap, or as in a lap. [1913 Webster] To lap his head on lady s breast. Praed. [1913 Webster] 2. To cut or polish with a lap, as glass, gems, cutlery, etc.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lap — Lap, v. i. 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. [1913 Webster] The upper wings are opacous; at their hinder ends, where they lap over,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • LAP — steht für: Lehrabschlussprüfung Lebensabschnittspartner, siehe Lebensgefährte Landesanstalt für Pflanzenbau Forchheim L.A.P., ein Spiel LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, ein Verlag der VDM Publishing Gruppe. Landschaftspflegerischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lap — Lap, n. 1. The act of lapping with, or as with, the tongue; as, to take anything into the mouth with a lap. [1913 Webster] 2. The sound of lapping. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lap — Lap, v. i. [OE. lappen, lapen, AS. lapian; akin to LG. lappen, OHG. laffan, Icel. lepja, Dan. lade, Sw. l[ a]ppja, L. lambere; cf. Gr. ?, W. llepio. Cf. {Lambent}.] 1. To take up drink or food with the tongue; to drink or feed by licking up… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lap up — lap up, v. t. [See {lap}, v. i.] 1. To take up (drink or food) with the tongue; to drink by licking up. [1913 Webster] 2. (fig.) To accept or enjoy enthusiatically and uncritically. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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