A boy leaps across a stream.
- The definition of a leap is a jump from one point to another or a sudden or large movement or transition.
- An example of leap is how a frog gets around.
- An example of leap is going right from a first date to a wedding.
- Leap is defined as to jump up from the ground.
An example of leap is to jump across a small stream.
intransitive verbleaped, leap′ing
- to move oneself suddenly from the ground, etc. by using one's leg muscles; jump; spring
- to move suddenly or swiftly, as if by jumping; bound
- to accept eagerly something offered: with at: to leap at a chance
Origin of leapMiddle English lepen from Old English hleapan, akin to Middle Dutch lopen, German laufen
- to pass over by a jump
- to cause or force to leap: to leap a horse over a wall
- the act of leaping; jump; spring
- the distance covered in a jump
- a place that is, or is to be, leapt over or from
- a sudden transition
by leaps and bounds
leap in the dark
verbleaped, or leapt leap·ing, leaps
- a. To propel oneself quickly upward or a long way; spring or jump: The goat leaped over the wall. The salmon leapt across the barrier.b. To move quickly or suddenly: leaped out of his chair to answer the door.
- a. To change quickly or abruptly from one condition or subject to another: always leaping to conclusions.b. To act quickly or impulsively: leaped at the opportunity to travel.c. To enter eagerly into an activity; plunge: leapt into the project with both feet.
- To propel oneself over: I couldn't leap the brook.
- To cause to leap: She leapt her horse over the hurdle.
- a. The act of leaping; a jump.b. A place jumped over or from.c. The distance cleared in a leap.
- An abrupt or precipitous passage, shift, or transition: a leap from rags to riches.
Origin of leapMiddle English lepen from Old English hlēapan
(third-person singular simple present leaps, present participle leaping, simple past leaped, leapt, or archaically lept or lope, past participle leaped, leapt, or archaically lopen)
The choice between leapt and leaped is mostly a matter of regional differences: leapt is preferred in British English and leaped in American English. According to research by John Algeo (British or American English?, Cambridge, 2006), leapt is used 80% of the time in UK and 32% in the US.
- The act of leaping or jumping.
- The distance traversed by a leap or jump.
- (figuratively) A significant move forward.
- (mining) A fault.
- Copulation with, or coverture of, a female beast.
- (music) A passing from one note to another by an interval, especially by a long one, or by one including several other intermediate intervals.
- A weel or wicker trap for fish.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Middle English lepen, from Old English hlÄ“apan, from Proto-Germanic *hlaupanÄ… (compare West Frisian ljeppe "˜to jump', Dutch lopen "˜to run; to walk', German laufen "˜to run', Danish lÃ¸be), from Proto-Indo-European (compare Lithuanian Å¡lÃ¹bti "˜to become lame', klÃ¹bti "˜to stumble').
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