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lapping1 (ˈlæpɪŋ) 

Definitions

noun

  1. a gentle sound of water   ⇒ The only sound was the lapping of the waves.

lapping2 (ˈlæpɪŋ) 

Definitions

present participle of verb

  1. of lap2

lap1 (læp Pronunciation for lap1

Definitions

noun

  1. one circuit of a racecourse or track
  2. a stage or part of a journey, race, etc
    1. an overlapping part or projection
    2. the extent of overlap
  3. the length of material needed to go around an object
  4. a rotating disc coated with fine abrasive for polishing gemstones
  5. any device for holding a fine abrasive to polish materials
  6. (metallurgy) a defect in rolled metals caused by the folding of a fin onto the surface
  7. a sheet or band of fibres, such as cotton, prepared for further processing

verb

Word forms:  laps,  lapping,  lapped
  1. (transitive) to wrap or fold (around or over)   ⇒ he lapped a bandage around his wrist
  2. (transitive) to enclose or envelop in   ⇒ he lapped his wrist in a bandage
  3. to place or lie partly or completely over or project beyond
  4. (transitive; usually passive) to envelop or surround with comfort, love, etc   ⇒ lapped in luxury
  5. (intransitive) to be folded
  6. (transitive) to overtake (an opponent) in a race so as to be one or more circuits ahead
  7. (transitive) to polish or cut (a workpiece, gemstone, etc) with a fine abrasive, esp to hone (mating metal parts) against each other with an abrasive
  8. to form (fibres) into a sheet or band

Derived Forms

ˈlapper noun

Word Origin

C13 (in the sense: to wrap): probably from lap1

Synonyms

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= overtake, pass, leave behind, go past, get ahead of, outdistance

lap2 (læp Pronunciation for lap2

Definitions

verb

Word forms:  laps,  lapping,  lapped
  1. (of small waves) to wash against (a shore, boat, etc), usually with light splashing sounds
  2. (often followed by up) (esp of animals) to scoop (a liquid) into the mouth with the tongue

noun

  1. the act or sound of lapping
  2. a thin food for dogs or other animals

See also

lap up

Derived Forms

ˈlapper noun

Word Origin

Old English lapian; related to Old High German laffan, Latin lambere, Greek laptein

Synonyms

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= ripple, wash, splash, slap, swish, gurgle, slosh, purl, plash
= drink, sip, lick, swallow, gulp, sup

Example Sentences Including 'lapping'

But association with water can also be the comfort of lapping waves, or the beauty of refracting raindrops.
Globe and Mail (2003)
But the seas are lapping round its 9 kilometres of deteriorating sea wall.
New Scientist (1998)
From my window I could see the ocean lapping at the harbour breakwater.
Jon Snow SHOOTING HISTORY: A Personal Journey (2004)
He always eats like a dog anyway & has now become quite proficient at lapping water from a bowl.
Bénédicte Newland and Pascale Smets AND GOD CREATED THE AU PAIR (2005)
The athletics promoters and television audiences in Europe are lapping it up.
SA Star (2005)
The ripples on the water grew and came closer; some were already lapping on the shore.
J.R.R. Tolkien THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)
There was the sound of water lapping - a pool, a jacuzzi - the sight of a coffee shop; gratifying smells.
Martin, Joy The Image of Laura

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