Definition of “lap” - English Dictionary

“lap” in British English

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lapnoun

uk /læp/ us /læp/

lap noun (LEGS)

B2 [ C usually singular ] the top surface of the upper part of the legs of a person who is sitting down:

Come and sit on my lap and I'll read you a story.

More examples

  • She nursed the crying child on her lap.
  • "Oh, you're a sweetheart, " she said, when I placed the breakfast tray on her lap.
  • She bumped into his tray, knocking the food onto his lap.
  • The children sat on my lap.
  • I balanced the books on my lap.

lap noun (RACING)

B2 [ C ] a complete trip around a race track that is repeated several times during a competition:

He recorded the fastest lap in last weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.
After a strong start, she was passed by several runners in/on the final/last lap and finished ninth.
lap of honour UK US victory lap

a run around a track or sports field that is made by a winner of a race or a team that has won a game

lapverb

uk /læp/ us /læp/ -pp-

(Definition of “lap” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“lap” in American English

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lapnoun

us /læp/

lap noun (LEGS)

[ C usually sing ] the top surface of the upper part of the legs of a person who is sitting down:

Come and sit on my lap and I’ll read you a story.

lap noun (RACING)

[ C ] one complete trip around a race track or from one end of a swimming pool to the other:

Each lap of the track is 400 meters.

lapverb [ I/T ]

us /læp/ -pp-

lap verb [ I/T ] (HIT GENTLY)

(of waves) to hit something gently, producing low sounds:

[ I/T ] Waves lapped (at) the shore.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “lap” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)