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Definition of Lap

Lap

  1. The loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely; a skirt; an apron.
  2. An edge; a border; a hem, as of cloth.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The amount by which a slide valve at its half stroke overlaps a port in the seat, being equal to the distance the valve must move from its mid stroke position in order to begin to open the port. Used alone, lap refers to outside lap. See Outside lap (below).
  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. 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. 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.
  9. A sheet, layer, or bat, of cotton fiber prepared for the carding machine.
  10. 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.
  11. To rest or recline in a lap, or as in a lap.
  12. To cut or polish with a lap, as glass, gems, cutlery, etc. See 1st Lap, 10.
  13. To fold; to bend and lay over or on something; as, to lap a piece of cloth.
  14. To wrap or wind around something.
  15. To infold; to hold as in one's lap; to cherish.
  16. 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.
  17. To lay together one over another, as fleeces or slivers for further working.
  18. 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.
  19. To take up drink or food with the tongue; to drink or feed by licking up something.
  20. To make a sound like that produced by taking up drink with the tongue.
  21. To take into the mouth with the tongue; to lick up with a quick motion of the tongue.
  22. The act of lapping with, or as with, the tongue; as, to take anything into the mouth with a lap.
  23. The sound of lapping.

Lap Quotations

There's no better feeling in the world than a warm pizza box on your lap.
Kevin James

My uncle's dying wish - he wanted me on his lap. He was in the electric chair.
Rodney Dangerfield

I don't have a problem with delegation. I love to delegate. I am either lazy enough, or busy enough, or trusting enough, or congenial enough, that the notion leaving tasks in someone else's lap doesn't just sound wise to me, it sounds attractive.
John Ortberg

Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks.
Lin Yutang

Whoever will be free must make himself free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man's lap. What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one's self.
Max Stirner
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Lap Translations

lap in Dutch is klapperen, kabbelen, plassen, klotsen
lap in French is clapoter
lap in Norwegian is runde, skvalpe
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