verb (used with object), lapped, lapping.
(of water) to wash against or beat upon (something) with a light, slapping or splashing sound:
Waves lapped the shoreline.
to take in (liquid) with the tongue; lick in:
to lap water from a bowl.
verb (used without object), lapped, lapping.
to wash or move in small waves with a light, slapping or splashing sound:
The water lapped gently against the mooring.
to take up liquid with the tongue; lick up a liquid.
the act of lapping liquid.
the lapping of water against something.
the sound of this:
the quiet lap of the sea on the rocks.
something lapped up, as liquid food for dogs.
one circuit of a racecourse or track
a stage or part of a journey, race, etc
the length of material needed to go around an object
a rotating disc coated with fine abrasive for polishing gemstones
any device for holding a fine abrasive to polish materials
(metallurgy) a defect in rolled metals caused by the folding of a fin onto the surface
a sheet or band of fibres, such as cotton, prepared for further processing
verb laps, lapping, lapped
(transitive) to wrap or fold (around or over): he lapped a bandage around his wrist
(transitive) to enclose or envelop in: he lapped his wrist in a bandage
to place or lie partly or completely over or project beyond
(transitive; usually passive) to envelop or surround with comfort, love, etc: lapped in luxury
(intransitive) to be folded
(transitive) to overtake (an opponent) in a race so as to be one or more circuits ahead
(transitive) to polish or cut (a workpiece, gemstone, etc) with a fine abrasive, esp to hone (mating metal parts) against each other with an abrasive
to form (fibres) into a sheet or band
verb laps, lapping, lapped
(of small waves) to wash against (a shore, boat, etc), usually with light splashing sounds
(often foll by up) (esp of animals) to scoop (a liquid) into the mouth with the tongue
the act or sound of lapping
a thin food for dogs or other animals
the area formed by the upper surface of the thighs of a seated person
Also called lapful. the amount held in one’s lap
a protected place or environment: in the lap of luxury
any of various hollow or depressed areas, such as a hollow in the land
the part of one’s clothing that covers the lap
drop in someone’s lap, give someone the responsibility of
in the lap of the gods, beyond human control and power
Old English læppa (plural læppan) “skirt or flap of a garment,” from Proto-Germanic *lapp- (cf. Old Frisian lappa, Old Saxon lappo, Middle Dutch lappe, Dutch lap, Old High German lappa, German Lappen “rag, shred,” Old Norse leppr “patch, rag”), from PIE root *leb- “be loose, hang down.”
Sense of “lower part of a shirt” led to that of “upper legs of seated person” (c.1300). Used figuratively (“bosom, breast”) from late 14c.; e.g. lap of luxury, first recorded 1802. From 15c.-In 17c. the word (often in plural) was a euphemism for “female pudendum,” but this is not the source of lap dance, which is first recorded 1993.
To lap dance, you undress, sit your client down, order him to stay still and fully clothed, then hover over him, making a motion that you have perfected by watching Mister Softee ice cream dispensers. [Anthony Lane, review of “Showgirls,” “New Yorker,” Oct. 16, 1995]
That this is pleasure and not torment for the client is something survivors of the late 20c. will have to explain to their youngers.
“take up liquid with the tongue,” from Old English lapian “to lap up, drink,” from Proto-Germanic *lapajanan (cf. Old High German laffen “to lick,” Old Saxon lepil, Dutch lepel, German Löffel “spoon”), from PIE imitative base *lab- (cf. Greek laptein “to sip, lick,” Latin lambere “to lick”), indicative of licking, lapping, smacking lips. Meaning “splash gently” first recorded 1823, based on similarity of sound. Related: Lapped; lapping.
“to lay one part over another,” early 14c., “to surround (something with something else),” from lap (n.). Figurative use, “to envelop (in love, sin, desire, etc.)” is from mid-14c. The sense of “to get a lap ahead (of someone) on a track” is from 1847, on notion of “overlapping.” The noun in this sense is 1670s, originally “something coiled or wrapped up;” meaning “a turn around a track” (1861) also is from this sense. Related: Lapped; lapping; laps.
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