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. [1913 Webster]

About the paper . . . I lapped several times a slender thread of very black silk. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

3. To infold; to hold as in one's lap; to cherish. [1913 Webster]

Her garment spreads, and laps him in the folds. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. 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. [1913 Webster]

5. (Carding & Spinning) To lay together one over another, as fleeces or slivers for further working. [1913 Webster]

{To lap boards}, {shingles}, etc., to lay one partly over another.

{To lap timbers}, to unite them in such a way as to preserve the same breadth and depth throughout, as by scarfing. --Weale. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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