I. noun Etymology: Middle English lappe, from Old English læppa; akin to Old High German lappa flap Date: before 12th century 1. a. a loose overlapping or hanging panel or flap especially of a garment b. archaic the skirt of a coat or dress 2. a. the clothing that lies on the knees, thighs, and lower part of the trunk when one sits b. the front part of the lower trunk and thighs of a seated person 3. responsible custody ; control <
going to drop the whole thing in your lap — Hamilton Basso
lapful noun II. verb (lapped; lapping) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to fold over or around something ; wind b. to envelop entirely ; swathe 2. to fold over especially into layers 3. to hold protectively in or as if in the lap ; cuddle 4. a. to place over and cover a part of ; overlap <
lap shingles on a roof
b. to join (as two boards) by a lap joint 5. a. to dress, smooth, or polish (as a metal surface) to a high degree of refinement or accuracy b. to shape or fit by working two surfaces together with or without abrasives until a very close fit is produced 6. a. to overtake and thereby lead or increase the lead over (another contestant) by a full circuit of a racecourse b. to complete the circuit of (a racecourse) intransitive verb 1. fold, wind 2. a. to project beyond or spread over something b. to lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another ; overlap 3. to traverse a course • lapper noun III. noun Date: 1800 1. a. the amount by which one object overlaps or projects beyond another b. the part of an object that overlaps another 2. a smoothing and polishing tool usually consisting of a piece of wood, leather, felt, or soft metal in a special shape used with or without an embedded abrasive 3. a doubling or layering of a flexible substance (as fibers or paper) 4. a. the act or an instance of traversing a course (as a racing track or swimming pool); also the distance covered b. one segment of a larger unit (as a journey) c. one complete turn (as of a rope around a drum) IV. verb (lapped; lapping) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English lapian; akin to Old High German laffan to lick, Latin lambere, Greek laphyssein to devour Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to take in food or drink with the tongue 2. a. to make a gentle intermittent splashing sound b. to move in little waves ; wash transitive verb 1. a. to take in (food or drink) with the tongue b. to take in or absorb eagerly or quickly — used with up <
the crowd lapped up every word he said
2. to flow or splash against in little waves • lapper noun V. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. an act or instance of lapping b. the amount that can be carried to the mouth by one lick or scoop of the tongue 2. a thin or weak beverage or food 3. a gentle splashing sound

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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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 — lap1 [lap] n. [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… …   English World 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

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  • 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

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