lap

Your lap is the top of your thighs when you sit down, where your cat might sit. Lap can also refer to a trip around a racetrack, or to the act of overtaking a competitor by a lap.

Lap is associated with a number of idioms. If something "falls into your lap," you have gotten something without making much effort. For example, maybe you discovered a rare fossil in your yard while looking for your lost baseball. If you sold that fossil for a lot of money, you may find yourself now "sitting in the lap of luxury." That’s a wonderful place to be!

Primary Meanings of lap

1.
n
the upper side of the thighs of a seated person
2.
nv
a flap that lies over another part
wash or flow against
3.
vn
take up with the tongue
touching with the tongue
4.
v
move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound
Full Definitions of lap
1

n the upper side of the thighs of a seated person

“he picked up the little girl and plopped her down in his lap
Type of:
thigh
the part of the leg between the hip and the knee

n the part of a piece of clothing that covers the thighs

“his lap was covered with food stains”
Synonyms:
lap covering
Type of:
cloth covering
a covering made of cloth

n an area of control or responsibility

“the job fell right in my lap
Types:
lap of the gods
beyond human control or responsibility
Type of:
area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere
a particular environment or walk of life
2

n a flap that lies over another part

“the lap of the shingles should be at least ten inches”
Synonyms:
overlap
Types:
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cuff, turnup
the lap consisting of a turned-back hem encircling the end of the sleeve or leg
lapel
lap at the front of a coat; continuation of the coat collar
lappet
a small lap on a garment or headdress
revere, revers
a lapel on a woman's garment; turned back to show the reverse side
trouser cuff
a cuff on the bottoms of trouser legs
Type of:
flap
any broad, thin, and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely

n movement once around a course

“he drove an extra lap just for insurance”
Synonyms:
circle, circuit
Types:
pace lap
the first lap of a car race that prepares the cars for a fast start
lap of honour, victory lap
a lap by the winning person or team run to celebrate the victory
Type of:
locomotion, travel
self-propelled movement

v wash or flow against

Synonyms:
lave, wash
Type of:
flow
cover or swamp with water

v lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another

Type of:
lie
be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
3

v take up with the tongue

“The cat lapped up the milk”
Synonyms:
lap up, lick
Type of:
drink, imbibe
take in liquids

v pass the tongue over

Synonyms:
lick
Types:
tongue
lick or explore with the tongue
Type of:
stroke
touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions

n touching with the tongue

“the dog's laps were warm and wet”
Synonyms:
lick
Type of:
touch, touching
the act of putting two things together with no space between them
4

v move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound

Synonyms:
swish, swoosh, swosh
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

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