• 1 Lapped and Strapped
    1 Lapped and Strapped
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lapping covering with a design in which one element covers a part of another (as with tiles or shingles)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

14 Cross lap 14 Cross lap
15 Middle lap 15 Middle lap
16 End lap 16 End lap
17 End lap with rabbet 17 End lap with rabbet
Eberhard asleep under a tree, his head pillowed on the lap of another man Eberhard asleep under a tree, his head pillowed on the lap of another man
A kitten sits aloof, while a woman sits with a puppy on her lap watching a dog playing A kitten sits aloof, while a woman sits with a puppy on her lap watching a dog playing
With her head in Jo's lap, while the wind blew healthfully over her With her head in Jo's lap, while the wind blew healthfully over her
Mrs. Laurence sitting in her mother's lap Mrs. Laurence sitting in her mother's lap

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Racecar driver Lee Petty once left a pitstop and did a full lap at Nascar with a pit crew member still on the hood
    • n Lapping A kind of machine blanket or wrapping material used by calico printers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cleveland law forbids you to operate a motor vehicle while sitting in another person's lap.
    • n lapping The act of licking up with the tongue.
    • n lapping The motion and sound of rippling water.
    • n lapping The act of wrapping or folding.
    • n lapping The act of superimposing the margin of a piece of any material upon the margin of another piece, as in making a lap-joint.
    • n lapping In textile manuf., the process of forming a lap or fleece of fibrous material suitable for presentation or delivery to the carding-machine. In cotton-manufacture the laps are formed by compacting the cotton upon rollers, whence the fleece is detached after it has acquired the proper thickness. Laps are also formed by uniting slivers, as in the preparation of tow for spinning.
    • n lapping In ordnance, a process for slightly increasing the bore of a rifled gun by wearing away the lands, or metal between the rifle-grooves.
    • n lapping In metal-working, the smoothing of metal surfaces by rubbing them with a plate of metal rendered abrasive by the application of oil and powdered corundum, or by the application of a revolving disk similarly prepared.
    • n lapping That which is lapped; a flap or pendant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Approximately $25 million is spent each year on lap dances in Las Vegas.
    • Lapping the process of forming a lap or fleece of fibrous material for the carding-machine: the rubbing or polishing of a metal surface: the process of rubbing away the lands, or metal between the grooves of a rifled gun, to increase the bore
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  • Proverb
    “A rich child often sits in a poor mothers lap.”
  • John Milton
    “How gladly would I meet mortality, my sentence, and be earth in sensible! how glad would lay me down, as in my mother's lap! There I should rest, and sleep secure.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “We lie in the lap of immense intelligence.”
  • Max Stirner
    Max Stirner
    “Whoever will be free must make himself free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man's lap. What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one's self.”


Drop into your lap - If something drops into your lap, you receive it suddenly, without any warning. ('Fall into your lap' is also used.)
In the lap of luxury - People in the lap of luxury are very wealthy and have have everything that money can buy.
Lap dog - A lap dog is a person who is eager to please another at the expense of his or her own needs in order to maintain a position of privilege or favor.
Lap of the gods - If something is in the lap of the gods, it is beyond our control and fate will decide the outcome.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. wlappen, being a form of wrap.


In literature:

Quite suddenly the mother raised her head and dropped her sewing in her lap.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
The moon was full, silver tides lapping in below the tent's rim.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
The river lapped along the sleek sides of them for fifty yards.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
They lay on her desk, and the last one was in her lap.
"Young Lucretia and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins
She had taken the crude tintype from her pocket and held it in her lap.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
She sat me back in her lap.
"Doctor Luke of the Labrador" by Norman Duncan
Once, the lodges became very still, like many waters, when the wind slumbers and only the little waves lap.
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
Even the waves lapping at her feet seemed to speak the language of a world to come.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
When the waist measure is taken, 3 inches should be added to it (1 for the lap and 1 at each end, for finishing).
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
Delisse joined and Marie's soft voice was like a lapping wave.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas

In poetry:

The storm was overpast, a breath of balm
Lapped the low waves, and lingered on the lea,
For in the twilight fell a holy calm,
He came unto me walking on the sea.
"Motives" by Marietta Holley
Fear not snow-drift driving fast,
Sleet, or hail, or levin blast;
Soon the shroud shall lap thee fast,
And the sleep be on thee cast
That shall ne'er know waking.
"The Dying Gipsy Smuggler" by Sir Walter Scott
’T is midnight,—­street and square are still;
Dark roll the whispering waves
That lap the piers beneath the hill
Ridged thick with ancient graves.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The Mountains
Till they awake, and from your feeble lap
Whirl through the air, and in their rage rejoice:
Then you with levin—bolt and thunderclap
Mingle your voice.
""What ails you, Ocean, that nor near nor far"" by Alfred Austin
Soothe! soothe! soothe!
Close on its wave soothes the wave behind,
And again another behind, embracing and lapping, every one close,
But my love soothes not me, not me.
"Sea-Shore Memories" by Walt Whitman
Another hath entered and nestles deep
In the lap of your love, like a babe asleep.
You watch her breathing from morn till night;
She is all your hearing and all your sight.
"The Poet And The Muse" by Alfred Austin

In news:

And Davis County Animal Care and Control officials are lapping it up.
As a result, lapped surfaces do not have directional marks.
Lapped surfaces do not have directional marks.
Ride along for some lap time in Lexus' $400,000 LFA supercar on the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife.
Take a look as we take the Lexus LFA on a hot lap around the Nurburgring Nordschleife brought to you by the automotive experts at Motor Trend.
Normally whole wafers are lapped simultaneously, although individual devices or parts of a wafer can also be prepared.
RBC Lapping Goldman in 'Best Athlete on Wall Street' Fund-Raiser.
Tourist drives are conducted on a lap -by- lap basis.
The lap record on the Nordschleife is still held by Stefan Bellof, who mastered the monster track in 6:11.13 minutes back in 1983 in a Porsche 956.
The Woods family found that out when we made Santa hold our chicken on his lap and he didn't even lose the twinkle in his eye.
Sanya Richards-Ross Continues Her Post-Olympics Victory Lap at Hervé Léger .
Nelson Piquet Jr converted a last-ditch, last-lap pass for the lead Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and won the Smith's 350.
Nelson Piquet Jr wins Trucks race at Las Vegas, passing Matt Crafton on fial lap.
Although the team were disappointed with the result because we had a chance to win, we are pleased with an overall fifth place and only eight laps down.
Sebastian Vettel overcame a first-lap crash Sunday to.

In science:

LaP] Larsen, M. and Pink, R., Finite subgroups of algebraic groups, preprint. [LiP] Liebeck, M. and Pyber, L., Upper bounds for the number of conjugacy classes of a finite group, J.
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
As already discussed, ∆2 quantifies the degree to which the density of states curves for a field theory and a random Hamiltonian can over lap over an energy range ∆E .
Lorentz symmetry from a random Hamiltonian
We need to go around the SO(3) group space twice in order to make a full lap around the SU (2) group space, and this is what is meant by SU (2) being the double cover of SO(3).
Neutrino Mixing and the Double Tetrahedral Group
Suppose that k runners having different constant speeds run laps on a circular track of unit length.
Random runners are very lonely
Schuck, The Nuclear Many Body Problem lap Hξξ′ in the form (Springer-Verlag, Berlin 1980) 22. R.E.
Pairing Correlations in Finite Systems: From the weak to the strong fluctuations regime