LAP: the METAPHOR - The Meanings of "Lap”
There is an “installed base” of meanings for the word “lap.” All have appropriate meanings for
different aspects of LAP.
Lap: Good place for teaching/learning,
storytelling and conversation. The part of a person formed by sitting. “She learned it in her mothers lap.”
Lap: A place, environment or situation of rest or nurture: “lap of luxury, Lap of the Lord”
Lap: A metaphorical area of care, charge, control, or responsibility: “drop the problem in my lap.”
One time around the circle maintenance, improvement, accomplishment and evaluation. “We ran a good lap.”
Lap: A process of taking in sustenance; to receive enthusiastically. “The kitten lapped up the milk.”
Lap: The rotating wheel that gives the lapidary its name...used with
abrasive or polish to bring out the facets or beauty in stones and gems.
Lap: A process in which multiple layers are bonded or pieces are fit with
such close tolerance that they effectively become one.
Lap: A process of overlapping material, such as wood, to weather proof a
house or make a vessel sea worthy.