Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gliding in; an immission or entrance of one thing into another.
  • n. A sudden descent or attack.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To fall or glide; to pass; -- usually followed by into.
  • n. A gliding in; an immisson or entrance of one thing into another; also, a sudden descent or attack.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pass, glide, or slide: usually followed by into.
  • n. A gliding in or into; entrance as by permeation; influx: used especially of the descent of the Holy Spirit.
  • n. Inspiration; divine influx.
  • n. A falling on; onset.

Etymologies

Latin illapsus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • "What moves thee, if the senses stir not? Light/Moves thee from Heaven, spontaneous, self-inform'd;/Or, likelier, gliding down with swift illapse/By will divine."
    --Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

    Hmm, gliding into something.... I recall driving a Volkswagen on a gusty winter night in upstate New York and gliding off the road into a snowbank. Car, passenger and driver were unharmed in this illapse.

    January 5, 2009

  • Rare intr. v., To fall, glide, or slip in.

    August 6, 2008