Dictionary: LA-O-DI-CE'AN-ISM – LA-PID'I-FY

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Lukewarmness in religion. – E. Stiles.

LAP, n. [Sat. læppe; G. lappen; D. Dan. lap; Sw. lapp. This word seems to be a different orthography of flap.]

  1. The loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely. – Swift.
  2. The part of clothes that lies on the knees when a person sits down; hence, the knees in this position. Men expect that happiness should drop into their laps. – Tillotson.

LAP, v.i.1

To be spread or laid; to be turned over. The upper wings are opacous; at their hinder ends where they lap over, transparent like the wing of a fly. – Grew.

LAP, v.i.2 [Sax. lappian; D. labben; Arm. lappa; Fr. laper; Dan. laber; W. llepiaw, lleibiaw; Gr. λαπτω. If m is casual in L. lambo, as it probably is, this is the same word. Class Lb, No. 22.]

To take up liquor or food with the tongue; to feed or drink by licking. The dogs by the river Niles' side being thirsty, lap hastily as they run along the shore. – Rigby. And the number of them that lapped were three hundred men. Judg. vii.

LAP, v.t.

  1. To fold; to bend and lay over or on; as, to lap a piece of cloth. To lap boards, is to lay one partly over another.
  2. To wrap or twist round. I lapped a slender thread about the paper. – Newton.
  3. To infold; to involve. Her garment spreads, and taps him in the folds. – Dryden.

LAP, v.t.

To take into the mouth with the tongue; to lick up: as, a cat laps milk. – Shak.


A small dog fondled in the lap. – Dryden.

LA-PEL', n. [from lap.]

That part of a coat which laps over the facing.


Furnished with lapels.


As much as the lap can contain. – 2 Kings iv.


An animal of the order of pachyderms, resembling the rhinoceros and tapir, now extinct. – Buckland.


A stone-cutter. [Not used.] – Dict.

LAP-I-DA'RI-OUS, a. [L. lapidarius, from lapis, a stone.]

Stony; consisting of stones.


Pertaining to the art of cutting stones. The lapidary style denotes that which is proper for monumental and other inscriptions. – Encyc.

LAP'I-DA-RY, n. [Fr. lapidaire; L. lapidarius, lapis, a stone.]

  1. An artificer who cuts precious stones.
  2. A dealer in precious stones.
  3. A virtuoso skilled in the nature and kinds of gems or precious stones. – Encyc.

LAP'I-DATE, v.i. [L. lapido.]

To stone. [Not used.]


The act of stoning a person to death. – Hall.

LA-PID'E-OUS, a. [L. lapideus.]

Stony of the nature of stone; as, lapideous matter. [Little used.] – Ray.

LAP-I-DES'CENCE, n. [L. lapidesco, from lapis, a stone.]

  1. The process of becoming stone; a hardening into a stony substance.
  2. A stony concretion. – Brown.


Growing or turning to stone; that has the quality of petrifying bodies.


Any substance which has the quality of petrifying a body, or converting it to stone.

LAP-I-DIF'IC, a. [L. lapis, a stone, and facio, to make.]

Forming or converting into stone.


The operation of forming or converting into a stony substance, by means of a liquid charged with earthy particles in solution, which crystalize in the interstices, and end in forming free stone, pudding stone, &c. – Dict. Nat. Hist.

LA-PID'I-FY, v.i.

To turn into stone; to become stone.

LA-PID'I-FY, v.t. [L. lapis, a stone, and facio, to form.]

To form into stone.