Meaning of LAP in English

lap 1

/lap/ , n.

1. the front part of the human body from the waist to the knees when in a sitting position.

2. the part of the clothing that lies on the front portion of the body from the waist to the knees when one sits.

3. a place, environment, or situation of rest or nurture: the lap of luxury.

4. area of responsibility, care, charge, or control: They dropped the problem right in his lap.

5. a hollow place, as a hollow among hills.

6. the front part of a skirt, esp. as held up to contain something.

7. a part of a garment that extends over another: the lap of a coat.

8. a loose border or fold.

[ bef. 900; ME lappe, OE laeppa; c. D lap; akin to G lappen, ON leppr rag, patch ]

lap 2

/lap/ , v. , lapped, lapping , n.


1. to fold over or around something; wrap or wind around something: to lap a bandage around one's finger.

2. to enwrap in something; wrap up; clothe.

3. to envelop or enfold: lapped in luxury.

4. to lay (something) partly over something underneath; lay (things) together, one partly over another; overlap.

5. to lie partly over (something underneath).

6. to get a lap or more ahead of (a competitor) in racing, as on an oval track.

7. to cut or polish with a lap.

8. to join, as by scarfing, to form a single piece with the same dimensions throughout.

9. to change (cotton, wool, etc.) into a compressed layer or sheet.


10. to fold or wind around something.

11. to lie partly over or alongside of something else.

12. to lie upon and extend beyond a thing; overlap.

13. to extend beyond a limit.


14. the act of lapping.

15. the amount of material required to go around a thing once.

16. a complete circuit of a course in racing or in walking for exercise: to run a lap.

17. an overlapping part.

18. the extent or amount of overlapping.

19. a rotating wheel or disk holding an abrasive or polishing powder on its surface, used for gems, cutlery, etc.

20. a compressed layer or sheet of cotton, wool, or other fibrous material usually wound on an iron rod or rolled into a cylindrical form for further processing during carding.

[ 1250-1300; ME lappen to fold, wrap; c. D lappen to patch, mend; akin to LAP 1 ]

lap 3

/lap/ , v. , lapped, lapping , n.


1. (of water) to wash against or beat upon (something) with a light, slapping or splashing sound: Waves lapped the shoreline.

2. to take in (liquid) with the tongue; lick in: to lap water from a bowl.


3. to wash or move in small waves with a light, slapping or splashing sound: The water lapped gently against the mooring.

4. to take up liquid with the tongue; lick up a liquid.

5. lap up ,

a. Informal. to receive enthusiastically: The audience lapped up his monologue.

b. to take in (all of a liquid) with the tongue; drink up: The cat lapped up her milk and looked for more.


6. the act of lapping liquid.

7. the lapping of water against something.

8. the sound of this: the quiet lap of the sea on the rocks.

9. something lapped up, as liquid food for dogs.

[ bef. 1000; ME lappen, unexplained var. of lapen, OE lapian; c. MLG lapen, OHG laffan; akin to L lambere, Gk láptein to lick, lap ]

lap 4

/lap/ , v. Archaic.

pt. of leap .

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .