Meaning of LAP in English

I. ˈlap noun

Etymology: Middle English lappe, from Old English læppa; akin to Old High German lappa flap

Date: before 12th century


a. : a loose overlapping or hanging panel or flap especially of a garment

b. archaic : the skirt of a coat or dress


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

• lap·ful ˈlap-ˌfu̇l noun

- the lap of luxury

II. verb

( lapped ; lap·ping )

Date: 14th century

transitive verb


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


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


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


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


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

• lap·per noun

III. noun

Date: 1800


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)


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 ; lap·ping )

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


a. : to make a gentle intermittent splashing sound

b. : to move in little waves : wash

transitive verb


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

• lap·per noun

V. noun

Date: 14th century


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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.