1. covering with a design in which one element covers a part of another (as with tiles or shingles)
(synonym) imbrication, overlapping
1. the upper side of the thighs of a seated person; "he picked up the little girl and plopped her down in his lap"
2. an area of control or responsibility; "the job fell right in my lap"
(hypernym) sphere, domain, area, orbit, field, arena
(hyponym) lap of the gods
3. the part of a piece of clothing that covers the thighs; "his lap was covered with food stains"
(synonym) lap covering
(hypernym) cloth covering
4. a flap that lies over another part; "the lap of the shingles should be at least ten inches"
(hyponym) cuff, turnup
5. movement once around a course; "he drove an extra lap just for insurance"
(synonym) circle, circuit
(hypernym) locomotion, travel
(hyponym) pace lap
6. touching with the tongue; "the dog's laps were warm and wet"
(hypernym) touch, touching
(derivation) lap up, lick
1. lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another
2. pass the tongue over; "the dog licked her hand"
(hypernym) stroke, fondle
3. move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound; "The bubbles swoshed around in the glass"; "The curtain swooshed open"
(synonym) swish, swosh, swoosh
(hypernym) sound, go
4. take up with the tongue; "The cat lapped up the milk"; "the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast"
(synonym) lap up, lick
(hypernym) drink, imbibe
5. wash or flow against; "the waves laved the shore"
(synonym) lave, wash