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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To slip by; pass: Weeks elapsed before we could start renovating.
  • n. Passage; lapse: met again after an elapse of many years.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To pass or move by.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To slip or glide away; to pass away silently, as time; -- used chiefly in reference to time.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. pass by

Etymologies

Latin ēlābī, ēlāps- : ē-, ex-, ex- + lābī, to slip.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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