American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To slip by; pass: Weeks elapsed before we could start renovating.
- n. Passage; lapse: met again after an elapse of many years.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To slide, slip, or glide away; pass away with or as if with a continuous gliding motion: used of time.
- To pass out of view or consideration; suffer lapse or neglect.
- n. The act of passing; lapse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To slip or glide away; to pass away silently, as time; -- used chiefly in reference to time.
- v. pass by
- Latin ēlābī, ēlāps- : ē-, ex-, ex- + lābī, to slip. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In addition, a certain time must elapse from the injection of the serum until its antitoxic and healing activity in the affected parts of the body can develop.”
“Mike, so about what kind of elapse of time are we talking about?”
“From a practical standpoint, Republicans can simply wait out the Congressional moratorium which has to be renewed every year and let it elapse, meaning that they would then be able to deliver leases to oil and gas companies allowing for exploration as close as 3 miles from the shoreline.”
“World oil prices had settled down from the 1973 embargo, and two years would elapse before all hell broke loose again.”
“Less than fifteen minutes would elapse in her world but it would give the infusion band time to work with her meal pills, ensuring her body was in prime health and not deficient of any nutrients.”
“Another 10 months must elapse before the SNP annexes Perth for its national conference, but already the clock is ticking.”
“That's why ideologues will spin and push hard now for political changes lest another decade elapse and true data show that the conclusion of human input being a decisive factor is scientifically unsupported.”
“If the incumbent doesn't act, a year or more could elapse before the new CEO is ready to do so.”
“Whereas Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson rushed out their books within weeks of Labour's ejection from power, the former chancellor has allowed 16 months to elapse before publishing his version of events.”
“If this was done to an American, how many hours would have to elapse before you would describe the procedure as torture?”
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