(noun, verb)


1. the upper side of the thighs of a seated person

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

Definition categories: body, thigh

2. an area of control or responsibility

- the job fell right in my lap

Definition categories: state, area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere

3. the part of a piece of clothing that covers the thighs

- his lap was covered with food stains

Definition categories: man–made

4. a flap that lies over another part

- the lap of the shingles should be at least ten inches

Similar word(s): overlap

Definition categories: man–made, flap

5. movement once around a course

- he drove an extra lap just for insurance

Similar word(s): circle, circuit

Definition categories: act, locomotion, travel

6. touching with the tongue

- the dog's laps were warm and wet

Similar word(s): lick

Definition categories: act, touch, touching

Sentences with lap as a noun:

- The boy was sitting on his mother's lap


1. lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another

Definition categories: stative, lie

2. pass the tongue over

Similar word(s): lick

Definition categories: contact, stroke

3. move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound

Similar word(s): swish, swoosh, swosh

Definition categories: perception, go, sound

4. take up with the tongue

- The cat lapped up the milk

Similar word(s): lick

Definition categories: consumption, drink, imbibe

5. wash or flow against

Similar word(s): lave, wash

Definition categories: change, flow

Sentences with lap as a verb:

- to lap a piece of cloth

- to lap a bandage around a finger

- lapped in luxury

- One laps roof tiles so that water can run off.

- The cloth laps back; the boats lap; the edges lap.