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Lap meaning

lap - 22 dictionary results

  1. 1. move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound; " The bubbles swoshed around in the glass"; " The curtain swooshed open"
  2. 2. The loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely; a skirt; an apron.
  3. 3. An edge; a border; a hem, as of cloth.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. One circuit around a race track, esp. when the distance is a small fraction of a mile; as, to run twenty laps; to win by three laps. See Lap, to fold, 2.
  8. 8. A sheet, layer, or bat, of cotton fiber prepared for the carding machine.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. To rest or recline in a lap, or as in a lap.
  11. 11. To cut or polish with a lap, as glass, gems, cutlery, etc. See 1st Lap, 10.
  12. 12. To fold; to bend and lay over or on something; as, to lap a piece of cloth.
  13. 13. To wrap or wind around something.
  14. 14. To infold; to hold as in one's lap; to cherish.
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. To lay together one over another, as fleeces or slivers for further working.
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. The sound of lapping.
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. Flap of anything; part of the dress that lies on the knees when sitting.
  21. 21. To be spread or turned over.
  22. 22. To wrap; to lick up.

lap - examples of usage

  1. The good lady put down on her lap the night- shirt she was making. - "The Crisis, Volume 6", Winston Churchill.
  2. She sank into a chair and dropped her flowers upon her lap. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. She put the pipe back into his hands; he placed it to his lips, and sounded it several times, and then dropped it into her lap again with a laugh, and vanished in the crowd. - "A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories", William D. Howells.
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