from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of licking up with the tongue.
  • noun The motion and sound of rippling water.
  • noun The act of wrapping or folding.
  • noun The act of superimposing the margin of a piece of any material upon the margin of another piece, as in making a lap-joint.
  • noun In textile manuf., the process of forming a lap or fleece of fibrous material suitable for presentation or delivery to the carding-machine.
  • noun In ordnance, a process for slightly increasing the bore of a rifled gun by wearing away the lands, or metal between the rifle-grooves.
  • noun In metal-working, the smoothing of metal surfaces by rubbing them with a plate of metal rendered abrasive by the application of oil and powdered corundum, or by the application of a revolving disk similarly prepared.
  • noun That which is lapped; a flap or pendant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A kind of machine blanket or wrapping material used by calico printers.
  • noun (Textile Manuf.) A machine for forming fiber info a lap. See its Lap, 9.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of lap.
  • noun A kind of machine blanket or wrapping material used by calico printers.

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

  • noun covering with a design in which one element covers a part of another (as with tiles or shingles)


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