I. verb (leaped or leapt; leaping) Etymology: Middle English lepen, from Old English hlēapan; akin to Old High German hlouffan to run Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to spring free from or as if from the ground ; jump <
leap over a fence
a fish leaps out of the water
2. a. to pass abruptly from one state or topic to another b. to act precipitately <
leaped at the chance
transitive verb to pass over by leaping <
leaped the wall
leaper noun II. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. an act of leaping ; spring, bound b. (1) a place leaped over or from (2) the distance covered by a leap 2. a. a sudden passage or transition <
a great leap forward
b. a choice made in an area of ultimate concern <
a leap of faith

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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