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English

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Etymology 1

Old English læppa (skirt or flap of a garment), from Proto Germanic *lapp-, confer Middle Dutch lappe, Old High German lappa, German Lappen, Old Norse leppr.

Noun

Singular
lap

Plural
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lap ({{{1}}})
  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.
    The boy was sitting on his mother's lap
  5. (archaic (17th century)), (euphemism) The female pudenda.
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Etymology 2

Verb appeared in the 13th century and was formed on the noun of Etymology 1. 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.

Noun

Singular
lap

Plural
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lap ({{{1}}})
  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. (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.
  5. 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.
  6. A sheet, layer, or bat, of cotton fiber prepared for the carding machine.
  7. 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.
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Verb

Infinitive
to lap

Third person singular
lap

Simple past
ed

Past participle
-

Present participle
p

to lap (third-person singular simple present lap, present participle p, simple past and past participle ed)
  1. (transitive) To place or lay (something) so as to overlap another.
    One laps roof tiles so that water can run off.
  2. (transitive) To polish, e.g., a surface, until smooth.
  3. (intransitive) To lie partly on or over something; to overlap.
  4. (transitive) To overtake a straggler in a race by completing one more lap than them.
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Etymology 3

From Old English lapian, from Proto Germanic *lapajanan, confer Old High German laffen (to lick), Old Saxon lepil, German Löffel (spoon).

Verb

Infinitive
to lap

Third person singular
lap

Simple past
ed

Past participle
-

Present participle
p

to lap (third-person singular simple present lap, present participle p, simple past and past participle ed)
  1. (transitive) To slurp up a liquid (like water) as a dog.
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Dutch

Noun

lap m.

  1. rag

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Hungarian

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈlɒp/

Noun

lap (plural lapok)

  1. sheet (paper)
  2. page (book)
    ezen a lapon - on this page
  3. newspaper
    a mai lap - today’s paper
  4. card (game, post card)
  5. face of a polyhedron

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