Definition of lap:
- 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.
- A sheet, layer, or bat, of cotton fiber prepared for the carding machine.
- An edge; a border; a hem, as of cloth.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The act of lapping with, or as with, the tongue; as, to take anything into the mouth with a lap.
- 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).
- The loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely; a skirt; an apron.
- 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.
- The sound of lapping.
- 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.
- 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.
- To cut or polish with a lap, as glass, gems, cutlery, etc. See 1st Lap, 10.
- To fold; to bend and lay over or on something; as, to lap a piece of cloth.
- To infold; to hold as in one's lap; to cherish.
- 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.
- To lay together one over another, as fleeces or slivers for further working.
- To make a sound like that produced by taking up drink with the tongue.
- To rest or recline in a lap, or as in a lap.
- To take into the mouth with the tongue; to lick up with a quick motion of the tongue.
- To take up drink or food with the tongue; to drink or feed by licking up something.
- To wrap or wind around something.
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