- This article concerns the area at the top of a person's legs; for other similarly named articles, see Lap .
is a surface created between the knee
of a bipedal
being when it is in a seated position. A lap only exists in this seated form, and not when a being is standing erect or when it is lying down.
Consumer products for laps
There are numerous consumer devices created specifically for use with the lap. The laptop
, for example, was designed for people who required the use of a computer
when away from their usual work space. As portable computers grew smaller, some evolved into "notebooks", in reference to their small physical size, instead of its possible positioning during use.
An earlier consumer
product designed for the lap was the lapdog
. A small dog, usually a terrier
, which was bred to sit in the lap of a wealthy or fashionable European
Laps in popular culture
In some forms of the Christmas
tradition, young children sit upon the lap of Santa Claus
to tell him what gifts they would like. Around the Christmas buying season
each year, many malls, especially those in North America
are known to offer an area where parents can bring their children to partake in this tradition.
The lap and sexuality
A "lap dance
" is an erotic
dance and sexual act. It is commonly performed as a paid service by exotic dancers to their clientele. A lapdance is performed by one person straddling the lap of the other and gyrating their lower... Read More