Definitions

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

  • n. A game in which one player kneels or bends over while the next in line leaps over him or her.
  • transitive v. To jump over in or as if in leapfrog.
  • transitive v. To advance (two military units) by engaging one with the enemy while moving the other to a position forward of the first unit.
  • transitive v. To avoid by or as if by a roundabout route.
  • intransitive v. To move forward or progress in or as if in leapfrog.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A children's game in which players vault over each other's stooped backs.
  • v. To jump over some obstacle as in leapfrog.
  • v. To overtake
  • v. (military) To advance by engaging enemy with one unit while the other moves further forward.
  • v. To progress as in leapfrog.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A play among boys, in which one stoops down and another leaps over him by placing his hands on the shoulders of the former.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A boys' game in which one player places his hands on the back or shoulders of another who has assumed a stooping posture, and leaps or vaults over his head.

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

  • n. advancing as if in the child's game, by leaping over obstacles or competitors
  • v. progress by large jumps instead of small increments
  • v. jump across
  • n. a game in which one child bends down and another leaps over

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Examples

  • The first rider -- rider A -- is on the road, and three others are in what we call a "leapfrog car."

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  • It's called the leapfrog tick tock similar to the other phones that we tested for kids.

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  • While the 46-year-old condemns the violence as a tragedy, his concern is for the future and the impact of the government's 10bn yuan pledge to ensure stability in the region through rapid, "leapfrog", economic development.

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  • The news isn't good, he concedes, but the team has a strategy: sacrifice Microsoft's leading market position in Europe, the better to improve Money (and eventually "leapfrog" Intuit) at home.

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  • New technology has allowed Democrats to "leapfrog" to e-mail solicitations and other online fundraising rather than develop a mailing list, Malbin says.

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  • Jugar a la pidola--That's "leapfrog" to you, David Beckham.

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  • UNESCO, in its report of the meeting of the Economic Commission for Africa held in Addis Ababa in May 1996, pointed out that technological innovations "have combined with changes facing global and national telecommunication regimes to present a clear window of opportunity for appropriate" leapfrog "strategies to accelerate the development of the continent".

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  • InfoDev enables the poorest countries to "leapfrog" from no technology to innovative technology in a way that offers "real possibilities for lifting living standards" and creating jobs, Bond told a news conference after a meeting of donors.

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  • New information and communications technologies, will become increasingly affordable as costs fall, thus helping developing nations "leapfrog" stages of development in setting up their own infrastructure.

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  • The gardener must also go through all of the movements performed by the scamp, who may jump "leapfrog" over any player in the circle, turn somersaults, crawl between the legs of a circle player, double unexpectedly on his path, circle around one of the players, or resort to any other device for making the chase difficult.

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  • The game was well-known in Shakespeare's day, but he was the first to call it by its current name.

    Henry V, Act 5, Scene 2:
    "If I could win a lady at leapfrog...I should quickly leap into a wife."

    September 2, 2009