noun the sound of lapping.
2. lap ·noun to wrap or wind around something.
3. lap ·noun an edge; a border; a hem, as of cloth.
4. lap ·vt to rest or recline in a lap, or as in a lap.
5. lap ·vi to make a sound like that produced by taking up drink with the tongue.
6. lap ·noun a sheet, layer, or bat, of cotton fiber prepared for the carding machine.
7. lap ·noun to lay together one over another, as fleeces or slivers for further working.
8. lap ·vt to cut or polish with a lap, as glass, gems, cutlery, ·etc. ·see 1st lap, 10.
9. lap ·vi to take up drink or food with the tongue; to drink or feed by licking up something.
10. lap ·vt to take into the mouth with the tongue; to lick up with a quick motion of the tongue.
11. lap ·noun to infold; to hold as in one's lap; to cherish.
12. lap ·noun the act of lapping with, or as with, the tongue; as, to take anything into the mouth with a lap.
13. lap ·noun to fold; to bend and lay over or on something; as, to lap a piece of cloth.
14. lap ·noun the loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely; a skirt; an apron.
15. lap ·vi 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.
xvi. lap ·noun 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.
xvii. lap ·noun 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.
xviii. lap ·noun 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.
xix. lap ·noun 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.
xx. lap ·noun 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.
xxi. lap ·noun 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.
xxii. lap ·noun 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).
xxiii. lap ·noun 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.