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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun lap:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb lap:


Lap is sometimes a misspelling of laugh.

The word lap is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun lap

What does lap mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: laps

  1. the upper side of the thighs of a seated person
    • example: he picked up the little girl and plopped her down in his lap
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • more generic word: thigh = the part of the leg between the hip and the knee
  2. an area of control or responsibility
    • example: the job fell right in my lap
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: area / arena / domain / field / orbit / sphere = a particular environment or walk of life
    • more specific term: lap of the gods = beyond human control or responsibility
  3. the part of a piece of clothing that covers the thighs
    • example: his lap was covered with food stains
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of lap: lap covering
    • more generic term: cloth covering = a covering made of cloth
    • part of: skirt = cloth covering that forms the part of a garment below the waist; pair of trousers / pant / trousers = a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately
  4. a flap that lies over another part
    • example: the lap of the shingles should be at least ten inches
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of lap: overlap
    • more generic word: flap = any broad thin and limber covering attached at one edge
    • more specific words:
      • turnup / cuff = the lap consisting of a turned-back hem encircling the end of the sleeve or leg
      • lapel = lap at the front of a coat
      • lappet = a small lap on a garment or headdress
  5. movement once around a course
    • example: he drove an extra lap just for insurance
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of lap: circle / circuit
    • more generic words: locomotion / travel = self-propelled movement
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
  6. touching with the tongue
    • example: the dog's laps were warm and wet
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of lap: lick
    • more generic words: touch / touching = the act of putting two things together with no space between them

Alternative definition of the noun lap


  1. The loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely; a skirt; an apron.
  2. An edge; a border; a hem, as of cloth.
  3. The part of the clothing that lies on the knees or thighs when one sits down; that part of the person thus covered; figuratively, a place of rearing and fostering; as, to be reared in the lap of luxury.
  4. The upper legs of a seated person.
  5. [archaic (17th century)] [euphemistic] The female pudenda.
  6. [construction] component that overlaps or covers any portion of the same or adjacent component.
  7. the act or process of lapping
  8. That part of any substance or fixture which extends over, or lies upon, or by the side of, a part of another; as, the lap of a board; also, the measure of such extension over or upon another thing.
  9. The amount by which a slide valve at its half stroke overlaps a port in the seat, being equal to the distance the valve must move from its mid stroke position in order to begin to open the port. Used alone, lap refers to outside lap. See Outside lap (below).
  10. The state or condition of being in part extended over or by the side of something else; or the extent of the overlapping; as, the second boat got a lap of half its length on the leader.
  11. [sports] One circuit around a race track, or one traversal down and then back the length of a pool; as, to run twenty laps; to win by three laps, to swim two laps.
  12. In card playing and other games, the points won in excess of the number necessary to complete a game; — so called when they are counted in the score of the following game.
  13. A sheet, layer, or bat, of cotton fiber prepared for the carding machine.
  14. A piece of brass, lead, or other soft metal, used to hold a cutting or polishing powder in cutting glass, gems, and the like, or in polishing cutlery, etc. It is usually in the form of wheel or disk, which revolves on a vertical axis.

Specialised definition of the noun lap

Glossary of sports

a single circuit of a racetrack or running track or one length of a swimming pool; to overtake a competitor on a racetrack or running track after having completed at least one circuit more than he or she has (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a completed circuit of a racetrack. (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / athletics

a single circuit of a running track (400m) (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / cycling

one trip around a track that is traversed more than once during a race

Glossary of sports / motorsports

one trip around the racing circuit

Definition of the verb lap

What does lap mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: lapped, lapping

  1. lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: lie = be located or situated somewhere
  2. pass the tongue over
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of lap: lick
    • more generic word: stroke = touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions
    • more specific word: tongue = lick or explore with the tongue
  3. move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound
  4. take up with the tongue
  5. wash or flow against
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of lap: lave / wash
    • more generic word: flow = cover or swamp with water

Specialised definition of the verb lap

Glossary of sports / motorsports

if a driver laps another one, he overtakes him so that he is ahead of him by one or more laps (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

when one driver gets so far of another that he passes him, thus putting the second driver more than a lap behind, he is said to have lapped him


LAP a.k.a. The Los Angeles Philharmonic is an American orchestra based in Los Angeles, California, United States. It has a regular season of concerts from October through June at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and a summer season at the Hollywood Bowl from July through September. Gustavo Dudamel is the current Music Director, and Esa-Pekka Salonen is Conductor Laureate. Deborah Borda is the current President and CEO.


LAP a.k.a. Life Among People is a musical group.


  1. Lap is a fictional character from the 2004 film The Buffalo Boy.
  2. Lap is a fictional character from the 1989 film My Heart Is That Eternal Rose.

There are other characters with in their name, like Lap Dancer.


Lap a.k.a. Manuel Márquez de León International Airport is an international airport located at La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, near the Gulf of California. It handles national and international air traffic of the city of La Paz. In 2012, the airport handled 553,100 passengers, and in 2013 it handled 600,300 passengers.

  • also known as Manuel Marquez de Leon International Airport, Manuel Márquez de León Airport
  • part of Mexico


  1. Lap: A lap is a surface created between the knee and hips of a biped when it is in a seated or lying down position.
  2. Lap a.k.a. PICALM: Phosphatidylinositol binding clathrin assembly protein, also known as PICALM, is a protein which in humans is encoded by the PICALM gene.
    • also known as phosphatidylinositol binding clathrin assembly protein, phosphatidylinositol-binding clathrin assembly protein, clathrin assembly lymphoid-myeloid leukemia gene
  3. Lap a.k.a. Nyenkha Language: Nyenkha is an East Bodish language spoken by about 10,000 people in the eastern, northern, and western areas of the Black Mountains. Speakers live primarily between the Tang Chuu to the east and Mangde Chhu to the west, from the town of Trongsa in Trongsa District; along Black River passes in the Trongsa District villages of Taktse and Usar; to in Ridha and Tashiding villages, and Phobji, Dangchu, and Sephu Gewogs and surrounding villages in southeast Wangdue Phodrang District.
  4. Lap a.k.a. Acpp is a protein.
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  5. LAP a.k.a. Acp2 is a protein.
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  6. LAP a.k.a. Little Ark Preschool is a preschool located in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  7. Lap a.k.a. Laka Language: Laka, also known as Kabba Laka, is one of the Sara languages of Chad.
    • also known as Kabba Laka, Laka
  8. Lap a.k.a. leucine aminopeptidase 3 is a gene.
    • also known as peptidase S
  9. LAP a.k.a. NF-IL-6 is a protein.
  10. lap is a text encoding.
  11. Lap a.k.a. centromere protein J is a gene.
    • also known as LYST-interacting protein LIP7; LYST-interacting protein LIP1; centrosomal P4.1-associated protein; LAG-3-associated protein; microcephaly, primary autosomal recessive 6
  12. Lap a.k.a. Periodontitis, localized aggressive is a gene.
  13. Lap a.k.a. Laryngeal adductor paralysis is a gene.
  14. Lap a.k.a. CCAAT/enhancer binding protein (C/EBP), beta is a gene.
    • also known as nuclear factor of interleukin 6, CCAAT/enhancer binding protein beta, liver-enriched transcriptional activator protein, transcription factor 5, interleukin 6-dependent DNA-binding protein

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Lap

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Google previewLISP 1.5 Programmer's Manual (1965)

by John McCarthy

APPENDIX C THE LISP ASSEMBLY PROGRAM (LAP) lap is a two- pass assembler. It was specifically designed for use by the new compiler, but it can also be used for defining functions in machine language, and for making patches. lap is an entirely internal assembler. Its input is...

Google previewMosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests (2013)

by Kathleen Deska Pagana, Timothy J. Pagana

LAP is an intracellular enzyme that exists in the hepatobiliary system and, to a much smaller degree, in the pancreas and the small...

Google previewFolens Dictionary (1999)

by Fred McDonald

lap' noun laps Your lap is the firm area formed by your thighs when vou sit down.

Google previewParent as Mystic, Mystic as Parent (2000)

by David Spangler

A lap is the warmest, snuggliest, coziest, most loving place in the world; it is a fount of healing, soothing, comfort, reassurance, and...

A lap is a parent's best friend, a tool of transformation that would make any magician green with envy.

Google previewDifference Equations (2005)

From Rabbits to Chaos by Paul Cull, Mary Flahive, Robby Robson, Robert O. Robson

If A is again the matrix of T relative to any basis B and P is the change of basis matrix from B\ to B then P~lAP is a diagonal matrix...

If P is the nxn matrix whose ith column is vi then P~lAP is the diagonal matrix D with diagonal entries Ai A,, .

Google previewBrotherhood of Locomotive Firemen's Magazine (1910)

— Steam lap is the amount that the steam edge of the valve extends over the edges of the steam port when the valve is in mid position. The steam edge of the valve is that edge by which steam from the boiler passes on its way to the cylinder ...

Google previewThe Blackfoot Dictionary of Stems, Roots, and Affixes (2015)

by Donald G. Frantz, Norma Jean Russell

ohpópaatvta; holdon one'slap; pópaatsisa! holdhimonyour lap!;

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Quotes about Lap

Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks. (Lin Yutang)
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Scrabble value of L1A1P3

The value of this 3-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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