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3 [lap]
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.
Verb phrases
lap up,
Informal. to receive enthusiastically: The audience lapped up his monologue.
to take in (all of a liquid) with the tongue; drink up: The cat lapped up her milk and looked for more.

before 1000; Middle English lappen, unexplained variant of lapen, Old English lapian; cognate with Middle Low German lapen, Old High German laffan; akin to Latin lambere, Greek láptein to lick, lap Unabridged
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lap1 (læp)
1.  the area formed by the upper surface of the thighs of a seated person
2.  Also called: lapful the amount held in one's lap
3.  a protected place or environment: in the lap of luxury
4.  any of various hollow or depressed areas, such as a hollow in the land
5.  the part of one's clothing that covers the lap
6.  drop in someone's lap give someone the responsibility of
7.  in the lap of the gods beyond human control and power
[Old English læppa flap; see lobe, lappet, lop²]

lap2 (læp)
1.  one circuit of a racecourse or track
2.  a stage or part of a journey, race, etc
3.  a.  an overlapping part or projection
 b.  the extent of overlap
4.  the length of material needed to go around an object
5.  a rotating disc coated with fine abrasive for polishing gemstones
6.  any device for holding a fine abrasive to polish materials
7.  metallurgy a defect in rolled metals caused by the folding of a fin onto the surface
8.  a sheet or band of fibres, such as cotton, prepared for further processing
vb , laps, lapping, lapped
9.  (tr) to wrap or fold (around or over): he lapped a bandage around his wrist
10.  (tr) to enclose or envelop in: he lapped his wrist in a bandage
11.  to place or lie partly or completely over or project beyond
12.  (tr; usually passive) to envelop or surround with comfort, love, etc: lapped in luxury
13.  (intr) to be folded
14.  (tr) to overtake (an opponent) in a race so as to be one or more circuits ahead
15.  (tr) to polish or cut (a workpiece, gemstone, etc) with a fine abrasive, esp to hone (mating metal parts) against each other with an abrasive
16.  to form (fibres) into a sheet or band
[C13 (in the sense: to wrap): probably from lap1]

lap3 (læp)
vb , laps, lapping, lapped
1.  (of small waves) to wash against (a shore, boat, etc), usually with light splashing sounds
2.  (often foll by up) (esp of animals) to scoop (a liquid) into the mouth with the tongue
3.  the act or sound of lapping
4.  a thin food for dogs or other animals
[Old English lapian; related to Old High German laffan, Latin lambere, Greek laptein]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. læppa "skirt or flap of a garment," from P.Gmc. *lapp- (cf. M.Du. lappe, O.H.G. lappa, Ger. Lappen "rag, shred," O.N. leppr "patch, rag"), from PIE base *leb- "be loose, hang down." In 17c. the word was a euphemism for "female pudenda." Sense of "lower part of a shirt" led to that of "upper
legs of seated person" (late 13c.). Lap dance 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]
Phrase lap of luxury first recorded 1802.

"take up liquid with the tongue," from O.E. lapian, from P.Gmc. *lapajanan (cf. O.H.G. laffen "to lick," O.S. lepil, Ger. Löffel "spoon"), from PIE imitative base *lab- (cf. Gk. laptein "to sip, lick," L. lambere "to lick"). Meaning "splash gently" first recorded 1823, based on similarity of sound.

"to lay one part over another," early 13c., from lap (n.). The sense of "to get a lap ahead (of someone) on a track" is from 1847, on notion of "overlapping." The noun meaning "a turn around a track" (1861) is from this sense. Related: Lapped; lapping; laps.
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