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LAP (lapped, lapping)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does lap mean? 

LAP (noun)
  The noun LAP has 6 senses:

1. the upper side of the thighs of a seated person
2. an area of control or responsibility
3. the part of a piece of clothing that covers the thighs
4. a flap that lies over another part
5. movement once around a course
6. touching with the tongue

  Familiarity information: LAP used as a noun is common.


LAP (verb)
  The verb LAP has 5 senses:

1. lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another
2. pass the tongue over
3. move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound
4. take up with the tongue
5. wash or flow against

  Familiarity information: LAP used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


LAP (noun)


Sense 1lap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The upper side of the thighs of a seated person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Context example:

he picked up the little girl and plopped her down in his lap

Hypernyms ("lap" is a kind of...):

thigh (the part of the leg between the hip and the knee)


Sense 2lap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An area of control or responsibility

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

the job fell right in my lap

Hypernyms ("lap" is a kind of...):

area; arena; domain; field; orbit; sphere (a particular environment or walk of life)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "lap"):

lap of the gods (beyond human control or responsibility)


Sense 3lap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The part of a piece of clothing that covers the thighs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

lap covering; lap

Context example:

his lap was covered with food stains

Hypernyms ("lap" is a kind of...):

cloth covering (a covering made of cloth)

Holonyms ("lap" is a part of...):

skirt (cloth covering that forms the part of a garment below the waist)

pant; trouser ((usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately)


Sense 4lap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A flap that lies over another part

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

overlap; lap

Context example:

the lap of the shingles should be at least ten inches

Hypernyms ("lap" is a kind of...):

flap (any broad thin and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "lap"):

lappet (a small lap on a garment or headdress)

lapel (lap at the front of a coat; continuation of the coat collar)

hem (lap that forms a cloth border doubled back and stitched down)

cuff; turnup (the lap consisting of a turned-back hem encircling the end of the sleeve or leg)


Sense 5lap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Movement once around a course

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

circle; lap; circuit

Context example:

he drove an extra lap just for insurance

Hypernyms ("lap" is a kind of...):

locomotion; travel (self-propelled movement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "lap"):

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)


Sense 6lap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Touching with the tongue

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

lick; lap

Context example:

the dog's laps were warm and wet

Hypernyms ("lap" is a kind of...):

touch; touching (the act of putting two things together with no space between them)


LAP (verb)


Sense 1lap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Hypernyms (to "lap" is one way to...):

lie (be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 2lap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pass the tongue over

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

lick; lap

Context example:

the dog licked her hand

Hypernyms (to "lap" is one way to...):

fondle; stroke (touch lightly and with affection, with brushing motions)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lap"):

tongue (lick or explore with the tongue)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3lap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

swish; swoosh; swosh; lap

Context examples:

The bubbles swoshed around in the glass / The curtain swooshed open

Hypernyms (to "lap" is one way to...):

go; sound (make a certain noise or sound)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4lap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take up with the tongue

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

lap up; lap; lick

Context examples:

The cat lapped up the milk / the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast

Hypernyms (to "lap" is one way to...):

drink; imbibe (take in liquids)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 5lap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wash or flow against

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

lave; lap; wash

Context example:

the waves laved the shore

Hypernyms (to "lap" is one way to...):

flow (cover or swamp with water)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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