(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)
- (intransitive) To jump.
- To pass over by a leap or jump.
- to leap a wall or a ditch
- To copulate with (a female beast); to cover.
- To cause to leap.
- to leap a horse across a ditch
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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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