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This article is about the area at the top of a person's legs. For other uses, see Lap (disambiguation).
Late 18th-century Dutch painting of a baby asleep in its mother's lap

A lap is a surface created between the knee and hips of a biped when it is in a seated or lying down position.

A lap is also to complete a single circuit of a race track, or two lengths of a swimming pool or similar. Used as a verb, to lap is to overtake someone in a race by a full circuit (i.e. to have completed an extra lap than them).

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