October 30, 2020
Learner's Word of the Day
lap /ˈlæp/ noun
lap
/ˈlæp/
noun

plural laps

In this event, the swimmers do four laps of freestyle.
In this event, the swimmers do four laps of freestyle.
Learner's definition of LAP

[count]

1 : an act of going completely around a track or over a course when you are running, swimming, etc.

  • The race is 12 laps long.

  • With one lap remaining, the race was still close.

  • the last/final lap of the race

  • (US) He was swimming/doing laps in the pool. [=he was swimming from one end of the pool to the other and then back again]

◊ The winner of a race often takes a victory lap (US) or lap of honour (British) by going around the track or over the course alone one more time as a way to celebrate.

2 : a part of a journey

  • They were in the last lap [=stage, leg] of their trip home from Europe.

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