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lap

Noun

1 the upper side of the thighs of a seated person; "he picked up the little girl and plopped her down in his lap"
2 an area of control or responsibility; "the job fell right in my lap"
3 the part of a piece of clothing that covers the thighs; "his lap was covered with food stains" [syn: lap covering]
4 a flap that lies over another part; "the lap of the shingles should be at least ten inches" [syn: overlap]
5 movement once around a course; "he drove an extra lap just for insurance" [syn: circle, circuit]
6 touching with the tongue; "the dog's laps were warm and wet" [syn: lick]

Verb

1 lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another
2 pass the tongue over; "the dog licked her hand" [syn: lick]
3 move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound; "The bubbles swoshed around in the glass"; "The curtain swooshed open" [syn: swish, swosh, swoosh]
4 take up with the tongue; "The cat lapped up the milk"; "the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast" [syn: lap up, lick]
5 wash or flow against; "the waves laved the shore" [syn: lave, wash] [also: lapping, lapped]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /læp/
  • Rhymes with: -æp

Etymology 1

Old English læppa (skirt or flap of a garment), from Proto Germanic *lapp-, confer Middle Dutch lappe, Old High German lappa, German Lappen, Old Norse leppr.

Noun

  1. The loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely; a skirt; an apron.
  2. An edge; a border; a hem, as of cloth.
  3. 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.
  4. The upper legs of a seated person.
    The boy was sitting on his mother's lap
  5. , The female pudenda.
Translations
the loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely; a skirt; an apron
an edge; a border; a hem, as of cloth
the part of the clothing that lies on the knees or thighs when one sits down; that part of the person thus covered
the upper legs of a seated person
  • Hungarian: öl
  • Kurdish: کۆش
  • Swedish: knä
(archaic) (euphemistic) the female pudenda

Etymology 2

Verb appeared in the 13th century and was formed on the noun of Etymology 1. The sense of "to get a lap ahead (of someone) on a track" is from 1847, on notion of "overlapping." The noun meaning "a turn around a track" (1861) is from this sense.

Noun

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A sheet, layer, or bat, of cotton fiber prepared for the carding machine.
  7. 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.
Translations
That part of any substance or fixture which extends over, or lies upon, or by the side of, a part of another
The amount by which a slide valve at its half stroke overlaps a port in the seat
The state or condition of being in part extended over or by the side of something else; or the extent of the overlapping

Extensive Definition

This article concerns the area at the top of a person's legs; for other similarly named articles, see Lap (disambiguation).
A lap is a surface created between the knee and hips of a bipedal being when it is in a seated position. A lap only exists in this seated form, and not when a being is standing erect or when it is lying down.

Consumer products for laps

There are numerous consumer devices created specifically for use with the lap. The laptop, for example, was designed for people who required the use of a computer when away from their usual work space. As portable computers grew smaller, some evolved into "notebooks", in reference to their small physical size, instead of its possible positioning during use.
An earlier consumer product designed for the lap was the lapdog. A small dog, usually a terrier, which was bred to sit in the lap of a wealthy or fashionable European woman.

Laps in popular culture

In some forms of the Christmas tradition, young children sit upon the lap of Santa Claus to tell him what gifts they would like. Around the Christmas buying season each year, many malls, especially those in North America are known to offer an area where parents can bring their children to partake in this tradition.
Lapsitting, in general, can also be seen in every day life between relatives, couples, and friends. Lapsitting can occur between people of the opposite sex or the same sex--although same-sex lapsitting does appear to be more common among young women and girls, than in their male counterparts.

The lap and sexuality

A "lap dance" is an erotic dance and sexual act. It is commonly performed as a paid service by exotic dancers to their clientele. A lapdance is performed by one person straddling the lap of the other and gyrating their lower extremities in a provocative manner.
lap in Aymara: Jarphi
lap in German: Schoß
lap in Spanish: Regazo
lap in French: Giron (anatomie)
lap in Scottish Gaelic: Uchd
lap in Occitan (post 1500): Fauda (anatomia)
lap in Yiddish: שויס

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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