What does the word lap mean?

Usage examples for lap

  1. When she had finished, Molly dropped the papers in her lap and waited. – Molly Brown's Junior Days by Nell Speed
  2. She was carefully holding the box upon her lap when she suddenly felt the greatest desire to open it. – The Red Fairy Book by Various
  3. There's Veronica, rockin' back and forth under the readin' light, with a book in her lap. – Shorty McCabe on the Job by Sewell Ford