Pronunciation: (lap),[key] —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.
—v.t. 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.
—v.i. 1. to fold or wind around something.
2. to lie partly over or alongside of something else.
3. to lie upon and extend beyond a thing; overlap.
4. to extend beyond a limit.
—n. 1. the act of lapping.
2. the amount of material required to go around a thing once.
3. a complete circuit of a course in racing or in walking for exercise: to run a lap. 4. an overlapping part.
5. the extent or amount of overlapping.
6. a rotating wheel or disk holding an abrasive or polishing powder on its surface, used for gems, cutlery, etc.
7. 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.
—v.t. 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.
—v.i. 1. to wash or move in small waves with a light, slapping or splashing sound: The water lapped gently against the mooring. 2. to take up liquid with the tongue; lick up a liquid.
3. 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.
—n. 1. the act of lapping liquid.
2. the lapping of water against something.
3. the sound of this: the quiet lap of the sea on the rocks. 4. something lapped up, as liquid food for dogs.
Pronunciation: (lap),[key] —v.Archaic. pt. of leap.