- 1 (usually one's lap) The flat area between the waist and knees of a seated person: come and sit on my lapMore example sentences
- The lower portion of the belt should be flat across the lap and as low as possible on the hip so that the impact is spread across the hip-bones rather than the abdomen.
- His head lies on her lap with his arms wrapped around her waist.
- I turned towards Alex and sat down on his lap with my knees on either side of his body, facing him.
- 1.1The part of an item of clothing, especially a skirt, covering the lap.More example sentences
- Her hands were clasped together in the taut lap of her green dress; her face was broad and serene below her bleached, spiked hair.
- Evelyn sat, tears streaming down her cheeks and forming a damp pool on the lap of her gown.
- She straightened herself in her spot and spread her hands on the lap of the silk gown.
fall (or drop) into someone's lap
- (Of something unexpected) come someone’s way without any effort having been made: not many reporters are lucky enough to have stories fall into their lapsMore example sentences
- Or a story falls into Clark 's lap and he must not only save the day, but do so in such a way as to make the victims of the evil plot made good by the end of the episode.
- It's a failing of me as a journalist that I didn't do some simple things at the very start, when the story was falling into my lap, that would have made this easier, but live and learn.
- Having a hit is what Aimee really wants and it fell into my lap.
in someone's lap
- As someone’s responsibility: she dumped the problem in my lapMore example sentences
- Furthermore, this type of reporting, linked to a lack of reporting the opposition views, clearly lays the responsibility in your lap.
- They do come and dump their problems in your lap and expect you to solve them.
- That's just a timid bureaucrat trying to unload a problem that got dumped in his lap.
in the lap of luxury
- In conditions of great comfort and wealth.More example sentences
- It was one of the few times I've lived in the lap of luxury and felt totally comfortable.
- Everyone seems to agree that there were no beatings, and while they weren't exactly living in the lap of luxury (or Florida white-collar prisons), we have to remember that these were not nice men.
- These anti-globalisation protesters were breaking windows against world injustice, protesting against the fact that millions die starving while others live in the lap of luxury.
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- Pick up a single back from her lapful of shirt backs.
- Much of the problem is Yasu, goofily portrayed, doesn't have too much characterization supporting him, so there isn't as much empathy for the character when he gets a lapful of earthworms.
- A young man, 24, with tousled, straight brown hair, crystal blue eyes looked up from his lapful of ropes.
Old English læppa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lap, German Lappen 'piece of cloth'. The word originally denoted a fold or flap of a garment (compare with lapel), later specifically one that could be used as a pocket or pouch, or the front of a skirt when held up to catch or carry something (Middle English), hence the area between the waist and knees as a place where a child could be nursed or an object held.
- 1One circuit of a track or racetrack.More example sentences
- He also holds the track record for most laps led by a race winner, 162.
- The Stewart household has an old videotape, which contains just the final three laps of a track race in 1970.
- Unfortunately it wasn't to be as he spun off the track on the sixth lap of the race.
- 1.1A stage in a swim consisting of two lengths of a pool.More example sentences
- It also had an eight-lane pool were people swam laps and dove on the diving board.
- They all started swimming their laps around the pool.
- If swimming some laps at the local pool isn't hardcore enough for you, there's no better time to join a gym and replace that hour on the couch with an hour on the treadmill.
- 1.2A section of a journey or other undertaking: we caught a cab for the last lap of our journeyMore example sentences
- The Brahmaputra, in the last lap of its journey to the Bay of Bengal, bifurcates into a number of channels in the district.
- We motored down from Kochi, but had to cover the last lap of the journey by motor boat along a narrow canal.
- All talk of the war being over was nonsense, and here were the trucks to take them on the first lap of their journey to death.
- 4.1A polishing tool of a special shape, coated or impregnated with an abrasive.More example sentences
- The individual faces are then ground and polished on a lap using diamond powder as an abrasive.
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- 1 [with object] Overtake (a competitor in a race) to become one or more laps ahead: she lapped all of her rivals in the 3,000 metersMore example sentences
- If riders were lapped, they were required to pull out of the race.
- If not, during the race I lapped Rubens, so I guess the Bridgestone weren't that competitive at the end, compared with the Michelin.
- At one point I thought she was going to be the first person to be lapped in a 100m race.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of a competitor or vehicle in a race) complete a lap, especially in a specified time: he lapped two tenths of a second faster than anyone elseMore example sentences
- With the competitors lapping once every three minutes and racing in total for over an hour there is plenty of spectacular action.
- As the laps unwound, the pack split into two groups and the leaders were lapping slower competitors by the ninth lap.
- Maldonado scored some very fast laps and took a good advantage, lapping 2/3 tenths faster than all the other drivers.
- 2 [with object] (lap someone/something in) • literary Enfold or swathe a person or thing, especially a part of the body, in (something soft): he was lapped in blankets • figurative I was accustomed to being lapped in luxury
- 3 [no object] Project beyond or overlap something: the water lapped over the edgesMore example sentences
- Refit the skirting boards with the uncut board placed snugly in the corner and the shaped board lapped over it.
- Contour feathers lapped over the transmitter, concealing its presence and preserving the bird's hydrodynamic profile as much as possible.
- 4 [with object] Polish (a gem or a metal or glass surface) with a lapping machine.More example sentences
- Metal flashings that once were soldered are now lapped and ‘sealed.’
- These are shaped to the desired contours and are usually made of hardened tool steel ground and lapped to a mirror finish.
- It featured broach cut rifling, was lapped by hand, and was made from 4140 carbon steel.
Middle English (as a verb in the sense 'coil, fold, or wrap'): from lap1. Sense 1 of the noun and verb date from the mid 19th century.
verb (laps, lapping, lapped)[with object]
- 1(Of an animal) take up (liquid) with the tongue in order to drink: the cat was lapping up a saucer of milkMore example sentences
- ‘I heard one of my dogs lapping water out of a tree when we was up back of my cabin last week,’ he drawled.
- On its own, it is rather disturbing and baffling, in particular the clip where a tiny man is licking the camera lens, which turns into a cat lapping up a saucer of milk.
- Adele looks him over like a cat lapping up cream, obviously finding little fault with his appearance.
- 1.1 (lap something up) Accept something eagerly and with obvious pleasure: she’s lapping up the attentionMore example sentences
- Since then, artists have reveled in symbol-laden dream scenarios, and audiences looking for clues to the human experience have lapped them up eagerly.
- Pedants may complain that this bears scant relation to the legendary title character but kids will lap it up and adults will find plenty to enjoy.
- Ok, I now know that a fair amount of his traffic comes from the US where he spends an increasing amount of his time and where his views are lapped up by a more conservative audience.
- 2(Of water) wash against (something) with a gentle rippling sound: the waves lapped the shore [no object]: the sound of the river lapping against the banksMore example sentences
- Joel cut the motor, the only sound was the water lapping the side of the skiff.
- The scenery is magnificent throughout and the pristine waters lapping these shores contain a rich store of life.
- The pristine waters lapping its shores contain a rich store of life.
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- The action of water washing gently against something: listening to the comfortable lap of the waves against the shoreMore example sentences
- You've got to like wind in the trees, sun on the water, the lap of waves against rock.
- All he could hear was the wind sighing in the trees and the soft lap of water against the wall surrounding the lake.
- He listened to the ship, hearing the creaking and the lap of water against the hull.
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- In his black fedora, schlepping a sack of books, Kushner looks like a refugee among the latte lappers.
- It was a very hard race - I've never done a 25 lapper before - and it was a bit of a rude awakening for the season.
- Because only two laps had been run the restart was deemed a ‘new’ race, but shortened to 18 laps as the teams had only filled with enough fuel for the originally scheduled 23 lapper.
Old English lapian, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German and Middle Dutch lapen.