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.
Last, but not least, there's the lapboard my grandfather made for my mother when she was 8 1926.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Returning to his Morris chair and the redoubtable lapboard astride it, Grey resumed being the most successful and popular author of his age.
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.
She was wearing a nightgown hitched up above her knees, wide-spread thighs supporting a lapboard and pad upon which she was writing intently.