An example of elapse is for 45 minutes to go by while sitting in a waiting room.
Weeks elapsed before we could start renovating.
An elapse of many years.
Origin of elapse
- Latin ēlābī ēlāps- ē-, ex- ex- lābī to slip
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle French elapser, from Latin elapsus.