American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To spring or bound upward from or as if from the ground; jump: leaped over the wall; salmon leaping upriver.
- v. To move quickly or abruptly from one condition or subject to another: always leaping to conclusions.
- v. To act impulsively: leaped at the opportunity to travel.
- v. To jump over: couldn't leap the brook.
- v. To cause to leap: leap a horse over a hurdle.
- n. The act of leaping; a jump.
- n. A place jumped over or from.
- n. The distance cleared in a leap.
- n. An abrupt or precipitous passage, shift, or transition: a leap from rags to riches.
- idiom. by leaps and bounds Very quickly: growing by leaps and bounds.
- idiom. leap in the dark An act whose consequences cannot be predicted.
- idiom. leap of faith The act or an instance of believing or trusting in something intangible or incapable of being proved.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To spring clear of the ground or of any point of rest; pass through space by force of an initial bound or impulse; spring; jump; vault; bound.
- To move with springs or bounds; start suddenly or with quick motion; make a spring or bound; shoot or spring out or up.
- To go; travel. Compare landleaper.
- In music, to pass from any tone to one that is two or more diatonic steps distant from it. Synonyms Jump, Spring, etc. See
- To pass over by leaping; jump over; spring or bound from one side to the other of: as, to leap a wall.
- To copulate with; cover: said of the males of certain beasts.
- To cause to take a leap; cause to pass by Leaping.
- n. The act or an act of leaping; a jump; a spring; a bound.
- n. The act of copulating with or covering a female: said of certain beasts.
- n. In music, a passing from any tone to one that is two or more diatonic steps distant from it.
- n. In mining, a fault or break in the strata.
- n. A basket.
- n. A trap or snare for fish.
- n. Half a bushel.
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- v. intransitive To jump from one location to another.
- n. The act of leaping or jumping.
- n. The distance traversed by a leap or jump.
- n. figuratively A significant move forward.
- n. mining A fault.
- n. Copulation with, or coverture of, a female beast.
- n. music A passing from one note to another by an interval, especially by a long one, or by one including several other intermediate intervals.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A basket.
- n. Prov. Eng. A weel or wicker trap for fish.
- v. To spring clear of the ground, with the feet; to jump; to vault.
- v. To spring or move suddenly, as by a jump or by jumps; to bound; to move swiftly. Also Fig.
- v. To pass over by a leap or jump.
- v. To copulate with (a female beast); to cover.
- v. To cause to leap.
- n. The act of leaping, or the space passed by leaping; a jump; a spring; a bound.
- n. Copulation with, or coverture of, a female beast.
- n. (Mining) A fault.
- n. (Mus.) A passing from one note to another by an interval, especially by a long one, or by one including several other and intermediate intervals.
- n. a sudden and decisive increase
- v. jump down from an elevated point
- n. the distance leaped (or to be leaped)
- v. move forward by leaps and bounds
- v. pass abruptly from one state or topic to another
- v. cause to jump or leap
- n. a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
- n. an abrupt transition
- Middle English lepen, from Old English hlēapan, from Proto-Germanic *hlaupanan (compare Dutch lopen ‘to stroll, go for a walk’, German laufen ‘to run’, Danish løbe), from Proto-Indo-European (compare Lithuanian šlùbti ‘to become lame’, klùbti ‘to stumble’). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English lepen, from Old English hlēapan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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