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  Dictionary Definition of lap

lap [1]
noun
1. the part of the clothing that lies on the front portion of the body from the waist to the knees when one sits.
2. this portion of the body, especially as the place in or on which something is held or a child is nursed, cherished, etc.
3. that in which anything rests or reposes, or is nurtured or fostered.
4. an area of control or responsibility: the task was dropped in my lap.
5. a laplike or hollow place, as a hollow among hills.
6. the front part of a skirt, especially as held up to contain something.
7. a loose border or fold.
8. a part of a garment which projects or extends over another.
-- phrase
9. in the lap of luxury, in affluent circumstances.
10. in the lap of the gods, unpredictable; controlled by chance.
[ME lappe, OE lęppa, c. D lap; akin to G Lappen lap]