(Lap), v. i. To be turned or folded; to lie partly upon or by the side of something, or of one another; as,
the cloth laps back; the boats lap; the edges lap.
The upper wings are opacous; at their hinder ends, where they lap over, transparent, like the wing of a
(Lap) v. i. [OE. lappen, lapen, AS. lapian; akin to LG. lappen, OHG. laffan, Icel. lepja, Dan.
lade, Sw. läppja, L. lambere; cf. Gr. W. llepio. Cf. Lambent.]
1. To take up drink or food with the tongue; to drink or feed by licking up something.
The dogs by the River Nilus's side, being thirsty, lap hastily as they run along the shore.Sir K. Digby.
2. To make a sound like that produced by taking up drink with the tongue.
I heard the ripple washing in the reeds,Tennyson.
And the wild water lapping on the crag.
(Lap), v. t. To take into the mouth with the tongue; to lick up with a quick motion of the tongue.
They 'II take suggestion as a cat laps milk.Shak.
1. The act of lapping with, or as with, the tongue; as, to take anything into the mouth with a lap.
2. The sound of lapping.
(Lap"a*ro*cele`) n. [Gr. loins + tumor.] (Med.) A rupture or hernia in the lumbar regions.
(Lap`a*rot"o*my) n. [Gr. loins + te`mnein to cut.] (Surg.) A cutting through the walls of
the abdomen, as in the Cæsarean section.
(Lap"board`) n. A board used on the lap as a substitute for a table, as by tailors.
(Lap"dog`) n. A small dog fondled in the lap.
(La*pel") n. [Dim. of lap a fold.] That part of a garment which is turned back; specifically, the
lap, or fold, of the front of a coat in continuation of collar. [Written also lappel and lapelle.]
(La*pelled") a. Furnished with lapels.
(Lap"ful) n.; pl. Lapfuls As much as the lap can contain.
(Lap"i*cide) n. [L. lapicida, fr. lapis stone + caedere to cut.] A stonecutter. [Obs.]
(Lap`i*da"ri*an) a. Of or pertaining to stone; inscribed on stone; as, a lapidarian record.
(Lap`i*da"ri*ous) a. [L. lapidarius, fr. lapis, -idis, stone.] Consisting of stones.