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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

leap′ year`(n.)

  1. (in the Gregorian calendar) a year that contains 366 days, with February 29 as an additional day: occurring in years whose last two digits are evenly divisible by four, except for centenary years not divisible by 400.

    Category: Horology

  2. a year in any calendar in which there are extra days or months.

    Category: Horology

    Ref: Compare common year.

Origin of leap year:

1350–1400

Princeton's WordNet

  1. leap year, intercalary year, 366 days, bissextile year(noun)

    in the Gregorian calendar: any year divisible by 4 except centenary years divisible by 400

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. leap year(noun)lip

    one year in every four in which February has 29 days instead of 28

    2008 was a leap year.

Wiktionary

  1. leap year(Noun)

    In the Gregorian calendar, a year having 366 days instead of the usual 365, with the extra day added to compensate for the fact that the Earth rotates approximately 365.25 times for each revolution it makes around the Sun.

  2. leap year(Noun)

    In the Jewish calendar or other lunisolar calendars, a year having 13 months instead of 12, with the extra month added because 19 solar years is approximately 19*12+7 lunar months.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leap year

    bissextile; a year containing 366 days; every fourth year which leaps over a day more than a common year, giving to February twenty-nine days. See Bissextile

Freebase

  1. Leap year

    A leap year is a year containing one additional day in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat in a whole number of days, a calendar that had the same number of days in each year would, over time, drift with respect to the event it was supposed to track. By occasionally inserting an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year. For example, in the Gregorian calendar, February in a leap year has 29 days instead of the usual 28, so the year lasts 366 days instead of the usual 365. Similarly, in the Hebrew calendar, Adar Aleph, a 13th lunar month is added seven times every 19 years to the twelve lunar months in its common years to keep its calendar year from drifting through the seasons. The term leap year gets its name from the fact that while a fixed date in the Gregorian calendar normally advances one day of the week from one year to the next, in a leap year the day of the week will advance two days due to the year's extra day inserted at the end of February. For example, Christmas Day fell on Saturday in 2004, Sunday in 2005, Monday in 2006 and Tuesday in 2007 but then "leapt" over Wednesday to fall on a Thursday in 2008.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

leap year

every fourth year, which consists of 366 days, February having 29, ie 1996, 2000, 2004 etc.

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