Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To spring or bound upward from or as if from the ground; jump: leaped over the wall; salmon leaping upriver.
  • intransitive v. To move quickly or abruptly from one condition or subject to another: always leaping to conclusions.
  • intransitive v. To act impulsively: leaped at the opportunity to travel.
  • transitive v. To jump over: couldn't leap the brook.
  • transitive v. To cause to leap: leap a horse over a hurdle.
  • n. The act of leaping; a jump.
  • n. A place jumped over or from.
  • n. The distance cleared in a leap.
  • n. An abrupt or precipitous passage, shift, or transition: a leap from rags to riches.
  • idiom by leaps and bounds Very quickly: growing by leaps and bounds.
  • idiom leap in the dark An act whose consequences cannot be predicted.
  • idiom leap of faith The act or an instance of believing or trusting in something intangible or incapable of being proved.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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  • v. To jump from one location to another.
  • n. The act of leaping or jumping.
  • n. The distance traversed by a leap or jump.
  • n. A significant move forward.
  • n. A fault.
  • n. Copulation with, or coverture of, a female beast.
  • n. A passing from one note to another by an interval, especially by a long one, or by one including several other intermediate intervals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A basket.
  • n. A weel or wicker trap for fish.
  • intransitive v. To spring clear of the ground, with the feet; to jump; to vault.
  • intransitive v. To spring or move suddenly, as by a jump or by jumps; to bound; to move swiftly. Also Fig.
  • transitive v. To pass over by a leap or jump.
  • transitive v. To copulate with (a female beast); to cover.
  • transitive v. To cause to leap.
  • n. The act of leaping, or the space passed by leaping; a jump; a spring; a bound.
  • n. Copulation with, or coverture of, a female beast.
  • n. A fault.
  • n. A passing from one note to another by an interval, especially by a long one, or by one including several other and intermediate intervals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To spring clear of the ground or of any point of rest; pass through space by force of an initial bound or impulse; spring; jump; vault; bound.
  • To move with springs or bounds; start suddenly or with quick motion; make a spring or bound; shoot or spring out or up.
  • To go; travel. Compare landleaper.
  • In music, to pass from any tone to one that is two or more diatonic steps distant from it.
  • To pass over by leaping; jump over; spring or bound from one side to the other of: as, to leap a wall.
  • To copulate with; cover: said of the males of certain beasts.
  • To cause to take a leap; cause to pass by Leaping.
  • n. The act or an act of leaping; a jump; a spring; a bound.
  • n. The act of copulating with or covering a female: said of certain beasts.
  • n. In music, a passing from any tone to one that is two or more diatonic steps distant from it.
  • n. In mining, a fault or break in the strata.
  • n. A basket.
  • n. A trap or snare for fish.
  • n. Half a bushel.

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

  • n. a sudden and decisive increase
  • v. jump down from an elevated point
  • n. the distance leaped (or to be leaped)
  • v. move forward by leaps and bounds
  • v. pass abruptly from one state or topic to another
  • v. cause to jump or leap
  • n. a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
  • n. an abrupt transition

Etymologies

Middle English lepen, from Old English hlēapan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English lepen, from Old English hlēapan, from Proto-Germanic *hlaupanan (compare Dutch lopen ‘to stroll, go for a walk’, German laufen ‘to run’, Danish løbe), from Proto-Indo-European (compare Lithuanian šlùbti ‘to become lame’, klùbti ‘to stumble’). (Wiktionary)

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  • And of course the leaps are precisely 2.0574 meters. ;-)

    November 8, 2007

  • The Welsh are a great race of leapers. It comes from living in valleys, you see. They're always leaping from one side to the other.

    November 8, 2007

  • A traditional Welsh unit of distance equal to 6 feet 9 inches or 2.0574 meters.

    November 8, 2007