There are 3 definitions of lap in English:

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noun

1 (usually one's lap) The flat area between the waist and knees of a seated person: come and sit on my lap
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  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1The part of an item of clothing, especially a skirt or dress, covering the lap: she stood up and brushed the crumbs from the lap of her dress
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  • 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.
2 archaic A hanging flap on a garment or a saddle.

Origin

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 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.

Phrases

fall (or drop) into someone's lap

(Of something desirable) be acquired by or happen to someone without any effort being made on their part: women fall at his feet, power falls into his lap
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  • 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 lap
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  • 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 the gods

(Of the success of a plan or event) depending on factors that one cannot control; open to chance.
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  • We are in the lap of the gods as to when the air space is opened.
  • And it is for those two reasons that Ellen admits her next record attempt planned for November is firmly in the lap of the gods.
  • However much rehearsal she may have done, she knows that the final few per cent of inspiration's in the lap of the gods, and it's that which gives the event its compulsive thrill.
Synonyms
out of one's hands, beyond one's control, in the hands of fate, open to chance, not one's responsibility

in the lap of luxury

In conditions of great comfort and wealth: Katie was living in the lap of luxury in Paris
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  • 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.
Synonyms
lead a very comfortable life, be very rich, want for nothing, live off the fat of the land
informal live the life of Riley
Irish informal be on the pig's back
North American informal live high on the hog

Derivatives

lapful

noun (plural lapfuls)
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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.

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There are 3 definitions of lap in English:

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noun

1One circuit of a track during a race: heavy rain stopped the race after 18 laps [as modifier]: a lap record
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  • 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.
Synonyms
circuit, leg, stretch, tour, circle, revolution, round, part, portion, segment, section, stage, phase, step, loop
1.1A stage in a swim consisting of two lengths of a pool: everyone did ten laps of the pool
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  • 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 part of a journey or other undertaking: we caught a cab for the last lap of our journey
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  • 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.
2An overlapping or projecting part: cut to the depth and width of the lap
2.1 [mass noun] The amount by which one thing overlaps a part of another: they have sufficient lap to act compositely
2.2 Metallurgy A defect formed in rolling when a projecting part is accidentally folded over and pressed against the surface of the metal.
3A single turn of rope, thread, or cable round a drum or reel.
3.1A layer or sheet of cotton or wool, wound on a roller during manufacture.
4(In a lapping machine) a rotating disc with a coating of fine abrasive for polishing.
4.1A polishing tool of a special shape, coated or impregnated with an abrasive.
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  • The individual faces are then ground and polished on a lap using diamond powder as an abrasive.

verb (laps, lapping, lapped)

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1Overtake (a competitor in a race) to become one or more laps ahead: she lapped all of her rivals in the 3,000 metres
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  • 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.
Synonyms
overtake, overhaul, outstrip, outdistance, leave behind, pass, go past, get/pull ahead of; catch up with
1.1 [no object] (Of a competitor in a race) complete a lap, especially in a specified time: Mansell lapped two tenths of a second faster than anyone else
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  • 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 (lap someone/thing in) literary Wrap or enfold someone or something in (something soft): he was lapped in blankets
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  • The dead woman rose for a moment of agony while she was lapped in the flame, and her bitter scream of pain was drowned in the thundercrash.
Synonyms
wrap, swathe, cover, envelop, enfold, encase, wind, swaddle, twist, surround
3 [no object] Project beyond or overlap something: the water lapped over the edges
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  • 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.
4Polish (metal, glass, or a gem) with a lapping machine: (as noun lapping) the honing and lapping of ring gauges
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  • 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.

Origin

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.

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verb (laps, lapping, lapped)

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1(Of an animal) take up (liquid) with quick movements of the tongue: the cat was lapping up a saucer of milk
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  • ‘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.
Synonyms
drink, lick up, sip, sup, swallow, slurp, gulp, swill, suck
1.1 (lap something up) Accept something eagerly and with obvious pleasure: she’s lapping up the attention
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  • 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.
Synonyms
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 banks
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  • 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.
Synonyms
splash, wash, swish, slap, slosh, break, purl; beat, strike, dash, surge, rush, ripple, roll, flow
literary plash

noun

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The action or sound of water washing gently against something: listening to the comfortable lap of the waves against the shore
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  • 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.

Origin

Old English lapian, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German and Middle Dutch lapen.

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