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Lap


LAP, noun

1. The loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely.

2. The part of clothes that lies on the knees when a person sits down; hence, the knees in this position.

Men expect that happiness should drop into their laps.

LAP, verb transitive

1. To fold; to bend and lay over or on; as, to lap a piece of cloth.

To lap boards, is to lay one partly over another.

2. To wrap or twist round.

I lapped a slender thread about the paper.

3. To infold; to involve.

Her garment spreads, and laps him in the folds.

LAP, verb intransitive To be spread or laid; to be turned over.

The upper wings are opacous; at their hinder ends where they lap over, transparent like the wing of a fly.

LAP, verb intransitive [Gr. If m is casual in Latin lambo, as it probably is, this is the same word.]

To take up liquor or food with the tongue; to feed or drink by licking.

The dogs by the river Nilus' side being thirsty, lap hastily as they run along the shore.

And the number of them that lapped were three hundred men. Judges 7:1.

LAP, verb transitive To take into the mouth with the tongue; to lick up; as, a cat laps milk.