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|Origin:||Old English læppa|
|Origin:||in the earlier meaning 'to run a single time round a track'|
the upper part of your legs when you are sitting down [= knee]
on somebody's lap
Shannon sat on her mother's lap.
in somebody's lap
His hands were folded in his lap.
a single journey around a race track:
Rubens Barrichello finished a lap ahead of his team-mate.
3 American English
a single journey from one end of a swimming pool to another
do/run/swim a lap
Every morning she swims 50 laps in the pool.
having an easy and comfortable life with a lot of money, possessions etc:
She wasn't used to living in the lap of luxury.
6 British English
if the result of something is in the lap of the gods, you do not know what will happen because it depends on things you cannot control