from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A flat board held on the lap as a substitute for a table or desk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A board held on the lap as a simple lap desk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A board used on the lap as a substitute for a table, as by tailors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thin, flat board, sometimes cut out on one side to fit the body, held on the lap for convenience in needlework, shoemaking, and similar occupations. Also called lap-table.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. writing board used on the lap as a table or desk


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  • Height of the lapboard is usually the same as for armrests.

    Chapter 7

  • Last, but not least, there's the lapboard my grandfather made for my mother when she was 8 1926.

    The Old Drawing Table

  • Baptiste took a last glance at the section report on his lapboard, then pushed it away and carefully stood up, feeling sluggish against the pull of gravity.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Not bothering to seat himself again, he pulled up the lapboard while hovering overhead, then typed in the six-digit string that would allow Dana to enter a new course into the navigation subsystem.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • He had to search for the belt straps that held him in place, and it was another minute before he remembered how to open the lapboard.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • He lays aside the lapboard whereon he drafts his bills of costs for the eyes of master Goff and master Shapland Tandy, filing consents and common searches and a writ of DUCES TECUM.


  • It had just reached the God-will-it-ever-burn stage, with smoke billowing over the lapboard fence into the neighbour's yard.

    Some by Fire

  • Returning to his Morris chair and the redoubtable lapboard astride it, Grey resumed being the most successful and popular author of his age.

    Zane Grey, Romancing the West

  • Inevitably, however, Grey turned to his writing duties, which he performed on a rugged lapboard that rested on the arms of a comfortable Morris chair.

    Zane Grey, Romancing the West

  • She was wearing a nightgown hitched up above her knees, wide-spread thighs supporting a lapboard and pad upon which she was writing intently.



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