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English noun: lap

1. lap (body) the upper side of the thighs of a seated person

SamplesHe picked up the little girl and plopped her down in his lap.

Broader (hypernym)thigh

2. lap (state) an area of control or responsibility

SamplesThe job fell right in my lap.

Broader (hypernym)area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere

Narrower (hyponym)lap of the gods

3. lap (artifact) the part of a piece of clothing that covers the thighs

SamplesHis lap was covered with food stains.

Synonymslap covering

Broader (hypernym)cloth covering

Part meronympant, skirt, trouser

4. lap (artifact) a flap that lies over another part

SamplesThe lap of the shingles should be at least ten inches.


Broader (hypernym)flap

Narrower (hyponym)cuff, lapel, lappet, turnup

5. lap (act) movement once around a course

SamplesHe drove an extra lap just for insurance.

Synonymscircle, circuit

Broader (hypernym)locomotion, travel

Narrower (hyponym)lap of honour, pace lap, victory lap

6. lap (act) touching with the tongue

SamplesThe dog's laps were warm and wet.


Broader (hypernym)touch, touching

English verb: lap

1. lap (stative) lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)lie

2. lap (contact) pass the tongue over

SamplesThe dog licked her hand.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)stroke

Narrower (hyponym)tongue

3. lap (perception) move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound

SamplesThe bubbles swoshed around in the glass.
The curtain swooshed open.

Synonymsswish, swoosh, swosh

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

4. lap (consumption) take up with the tongue

SamplesThe cat lapped up the milk.
The cub licked the milk from its mother's breast.

Synonymslap up, lick

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)drink, imbibe

5. lap (change) wash or flow against

SamplesThe waves laved the shore.

Synonymslave, wash

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)flow

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