lap 3 (lăp)
v. lapped, lap·ping, laps
1. To take in (a liquid or food) by lifting it with the tongue.
2. To wash or slap against with soft liquid sounds: waves lapping the side of the boat.
1. To take in a liquid or food with the tongue.
2. To wash against something with soft liquid sounds.
a. The act or an instance of lapping.
b. The amount taken in by lapping.
2. The sound of lapping.
3. A watery food or drink.
To receive eagerly or greedily: lapping up praise.
[Middle English lapen, from Old English lapian.]
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