laps, lapping, lapped
1) N-COUNT: poss N If you have something on your lap when you are sitting down, it is on top of your legs and near to your body.

She waited quietly with her hands in her lap...

Hugh glanced at the child on her mother's lap.

2) N-COUNT: usu ord/adj N, N num In a race, a competitor completes a lap when they have gone round a course once.

...that last lap of the race...

On lap two, Baker edged forward.

3) VERB In a race, if you lap another competitor, you go past them while they are still on the previous lap.

[V n] He was caught out while lapping a slower rider.

4) N-COUNT: N of n, ord/adj N A lap of a long journey is one part of it, between two points where you stop.

I had thought we might travel as far as Oak Valley, but we only managed the first lap of the journey.

5) VERB When water laps against something such as the shore or the side of a boat, it touches it gently and makes a soft sound. [WRITTEN]

[V prep/adv] ...the water that lapped against the pillars of the boathouse...

[V prep/adv] With a rising tide the water was lapping at his chin before rescuers arrived...

[V n] The building was right on the river and the water lapped the walls.

Derived words:
lapping N-UNCOUNT the N of n

The only sound was the lapping of the waves.

6) VERB When an animal laps a drink, it uses short quick movements of its tongue to take liquid up into its mouth.

[V n] It lapped milk from a dish.

Lap up means the same as lap.

V n P She poured some water into a plastic bowl. Faust, her Great Dane, lapped it up with relish.

7) PHRASE: v-link PHR If you say that a situation is in the lap of the gods, you mean that its success or failure depends entirely on luck or on things that are outside your control.

They had to stop the operation, so at that stage my life was in the lap of the gods.

8) PHRASE: usu PHR after v, v-link PHR If you say that someone lives in the lap of luxury, you mean that they live in conditions of great comfort and wealth.

We don't live in the lap of luxury, but we're comfortable.

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  • lap — Ⅰ. lap [1] ► NOUN ▪ the flat area between the waist and knees of a seated person. ● fall (or drop) into someone s lap Cf. ↑fall into someone s lap ● in someone s lap Cf. ↑in someone s lap …   English terms dictionary

  • lap — lap1 [lap] n. [ME lappe < OE læppa, fold or hanging part of a garment, skin; akin to Ger lappen < IE base * leb , lāb , to hang down > L labare, to totter, labi, to fall, sink, lapsus, a fall] 1. Now Rare the loose lower part of a… …   English World dictionary

  • LAP — 1922 1987 Jean Laplaine, dit Lap, fut l’un des personnages les plus représentatifs de la continuité caricaturale propre au Canard enchaîné . Il naquit à Joigny en 1922. Après avoir participé activement à la Résistance, il collabora au quotidien… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Lap — Lap, v. t. [OE. lappen to fold (see {Lap}, n.); cf. also OE. wlappen, perh. another form of wrappen, E, wrap.] 1. To fold; to bend and lay over or on something; as, to lap a piece of cloth. [1913 Webster] 2. To wrap or wind around something.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lap — Lap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lapped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lapping}.] 1. To rest or recline in a lap, or as in a lap. [1913 Webster] To lap his head on lady s breast. Praed. [1913 Webster] 2. To cut or polish with a lap, as glass, gems, cutlery, etc.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lap — Lap, v. i. 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. [1913 Webster] The upper wings are opacous; at their hinder ends, where they lap over,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Lap — Lap, n. 1. The act of lapping with, or as with, the tongue; as, to take anything into the mouth with a lap. [1913 Webster] 2. The sound of lapping. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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