- The definition of a lap is one full circuit in a race, or the front part of a person from the waist to the knees when sitting or fabric meant to cover this part, or a hollow area that provides shelter.
- An example of a lap is one run around a track.
- An example of a lap is where a child sits on her mother.
- An example of a lap is a ditch.
- Lap is defined as to fold over, to wrap or to quickly drink.
- An example of lap is to fold over extra fabric in a tablecloth to make the cloth fit a smaller table.
- An example of lap is to pull a blanket around a child to wrap them in the warmth.
- An example of lap is for a dog to quickly drink up a bowl of water.
A little girl sits on Santa's lap.
lap definition by Webster's New World
- Now Rare the loose lower part of a garment, which may be doubled or folded over; skirt of a coat or gown
- the front part of the skirt when it is held up to form a hollow place in which things can be carried
- the front part from the waist to the knees of a person in a sitting position
- the part of the clothing covering this
- anything hollow like a lap, as a valley
- that in which a person or thing rests or is cared for, sheltered, or coddled
- a part extending over another part; overlapping part
- such extension; overlapping
- amount or place of this
- a turn or loop, as of a rope around a post
- a rotating disk for cutting and polishing glass, gems, etc.
- one complete circuit around a racetrack, in a race consisting of more than one
- one part or stage of an extended project
- the act or condition of lapping
Origin: Middle English lappe ; from Old English læppa, fold or hanging part of a garment, skin; akin to German lappen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leb-, lāb-, to hang down from source Classical Latin labare, to totter, labi, to fall, sink, lapsus, a fall
- to fold (over or on)
- to wrap; enfold
- to hold in or as in the lap; envelop: lapped in luxury
- to place partly upon something else: to lap one board over another
- to lie partly upon; overlap: one board laps the other
- to cut or polish (glass, gems, etc.) with a lap
- to get a lap ahead of (an opponent) in a race
Origin: ME lappen < the n.
- to be folded: rough edges must lap under
- to lie partly upon something or upon one another; overlap
- to project beyond something in space, or extend beyond something in time: with over
- to drink (a liquid) by dipping it up with the tongue in the manner of a dog
- to move or strike gently with a light splashing sound such as a dog makes in lapping: said of waves, etc.
Origin: Middle English lapen ; from Old English lapian, akin to Middle Dutch lapen, Old High German laffan, to lick ; from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form lab-, to lick from source Classical Latin lambere
- the act of lapping
- the sound of lapping
- something that is, or is intended to be, lapped up
- lapper noun
lap definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The front area from the waist to the knees of a seated person.b. The portion of a garment that covers the lap.
- A hanging or flaplike part, especially of a garment.
- An area of responsibility, interest, or control: an opportunity that dropped in his lap.
Origin: Middle English lappe, lappet, lap, from Old English lǽppa, lappet.
- lapˈfulˌ noun
verb lapped lapped, lap·ping, laps verb, transitive
- a. To place or lay (something) so as to overlap another: lapped the roof tiles so that water would run off.b. To lie partly over or on: each shingle lapping the next; shadows that lapped the wall.
- To fold (something) over onto itself: a cloth edge that had been lapped and sewn to make a hem.
- To wrap or wind around (something); encircle.
- To envelop in something; swathe: models who were lapped in expensive furs.
- To join (pieces, as of wood) by means of a scarf or lap joint.
- Sports To get ahead of (an opponent) in a race by one or more complete circuits of the course, as in running, or by two or more lengths of pool in swimming.
- To convert (cotton or other fibers) into a sheet or layer.
- a. To polish (a surface) until smooth.b. To hone (two mating parts) against each other until closely fitted.
- To lie partly on or over something; overlap.
- To form a lap or fold.
- To wind around or enfold something.
- a. A part that overlaps.b. The amount by which one part overlaps another.
- a. One complete round or circuit, especially of a racetrack.b. One complete length of a straight course, as of a swimming pool.
- A segment or stage, as of a trip.
- a. A length, as of rope, required to make one complete turn around something.b. The act of lapping or encircling.
- A continuous band or layer of cotton, flax, or other fiber.
- A wheel, disk, or slab of leather or metal, either stationary or rotating, used for polishing and smoothing.
Origin: Middle English lappen, from lappe, lap, lappet; see lap1.
verb lapped lapped, lap·ping, laps verb, transitive
- To take in (a liquid or food) by lifting it with the tongue.
- To wash or slap against with soft liquid sounds: waves lapping the side of the boat.
- To take in a liquid or food with the tongue.
- To wash against something with soft liquid sounds.
- a. The act or an instance of lapping.b. The amount taken in by lapping.
- The sound of lapping.
- A watery food or drink.
Origin: Middle English lapen, from Old English lapian.
lap - Computer Definition
(1) (Link Access Procedure) An ITU family of data link protocols that are subsets of HDLC, which was derived from IBM's SDLC protocol. See HDLC. LAP-B (Link Access Procedure - Balanced) LAP-B is used in X.25 networks. Multilink Procedure (MLP) is a LAP-B extension that supports multiple, simultaneous links for increased throughput. LAP-D (Link Access Procedure for the D Channel) LAP-D is used for the D channel in ISDN networks and is defined in the ITU Q.920 and Q.921 recommendations. See ISDN. LAP-M (Link Access Procedure for Modems) LAP-M is used in V.42 error correcting modems. Although transmission between the computer and modem is asynchronous, transmission between LAP-M modems is synchronous. LAP-X (Link Access Procedure Half-Duplex) Used in ship-to-shore transmission.
(2) (Link Access Protocol) The data link protocol in an AppleTalk network. Support for the various data link types are known as ELAP (Ethernet LAP), TLAP (Token Ring LAP), FLAP (FDDI LAP) and LLAP (LocalTalk LAP).
lap - Phrases/Idioms
drop into someone's lapor dump into someone's lap
in the lap of luxury
in the lap of the gods
- to take up (liquid or liquid food) by lapping
- Informal to eat or drink greedily
- to accept with enthusiasm
- to believe too readily
the lap of luxury