What does leap mean?

Definitions for leap
lip; lɛpt, liptleap

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word leap.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. leap, leaping, spring, saltation, bound, bouncenoun

    a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

  2. leap, jump, saltationnoun

    an abrupt transition

    "a successful leap from college to the major leagues"

  3. jump, leapnoun

    a sudden and decisive increase

    "a jump in attendance"

  4. leapverb

    the distance leaped (or to be leaped)

    "a leap of 10 feet"

  5. jump, leap, bound, springverb

    move forward by leaps and bounds

    "The horse bounded across the meadow"; "The child leapt across the puddle"; "Can you jump over the fence?"

  6. leap, jumpverb

    pass abruptly from one state or topic to another

    "leap into fame"; "jump to a conclusion"; "jump from one thing to another"

  7. jump, leap, jump offverb

    jump down from an elevated point

    "the parachutist didn't want to jump"; "every year, hundreds of people jump off the Golden Gate bridge"; "the widow leapt into the funeral pyre"

  8. jump, leapverb

    cause to jump or leap

    "the trainer jumped the tiger through the hoop"


  1. leapnoun

    The act of leaping or jumping.

  2. leapnoun

    The distance traversed by a leap or jump.

  3. leapnoun

    A significant move forward.

  4. leapverb

    To jump from one location to another.

  5. Etymology: lepen, from hleapan, from hlaupanan (cf. Dutch lopen ‘to stroll, go for a walk’, German laufen ‘to run’, Danish løbe), from (cf. Lithuanian šlùbti ‘to become lame’, klùbti ‘to stumble’).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Leapnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    After they have carried their riders safe over all leaps, and through all dangers, what comes of them in the end but to be broken-winded. Roger L'Estrange.

    Wickedness comes on by degrees, as well as virtue; and sudden leaps from one extreme to another are unnatural. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    The commons wrested even the power of chusing a king intirely out of the hands of the nobles; which was so great a leap, and caused such a convulsion in the state, that the constitution could not bear. Jonathan Swift.

    The cat made a leap at the mouse. Roger L'Estrange.

    How she cheats her bellowing lovers eye;
    The rushing leap, the doubtful progeny. John Dryden, Æn.

    Methinks, it were an easy leap
    To pluck bright honour from the pale-fac’d moon. William Shakespeare.

    You take a precipice for no leap of danger,
    And woo your own destruction. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Behold that dreadful downfal of a rock,
    Where yon old fisher views the waves from high!
    ’Tis the convenient leap I mean to try. John Dryden, Theocritus.

  2. To Leapverb

    Every man is not of a constitution to leap a gulf for the saving of his country. Roger L'Estrange.

    As one condemn’d to leap a precipice,
    Who sees before his eyes the depth below,
    Stops short. John Dryden, Spanish Friar.

    She dares pursue, if they dare lead:
    As their example still prevails,
    She tempts the stream, or leaps the pales. Matthew Prior.

    Too soon they must not feel the sting of love:
    Let him not leap the cow. John Dryden, Georg.

  3. To Leapverb

    Etymology: hleapan , Saxon; loup, Scottish.

    If I could win a lady at leap-frog, or by vaulting into my saddle with my armour on, I should quickly leap into a wife. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    A man leapeth better with weights in his hands than without; for that the weight, if it be proportionable, strengtheneth the sinews by contracting them. In leaping with weights the arms are first cast backwards and then forwards with so much the greater force; for the hands go backward before they take their rise. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    In a narrow pit
    He saw a lion, and leap’d down to it. Abraham Cowley, Davideis.

    Thrice from the ground she leap’d, was seen to wield
    Her brandish’d lance. John Dryden, Æn.

    God changed the spirit of the king into mildness, who in a fear leaped from his throne, and took her in his arms, till she came to herself again. Esth. xv. 8.

    After he went into the tent, and found her not, he leaped out to the people. Judith xiv. 17.

    He ruin upon ruin heaps,
    And on me, like a furious giant, leaps. George Sandys.

    Strait leaping from his horse he rais’d me up. Nicholas Rowe.

    Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy. Luke vi. 23.

    I am warm’d, my heart
    Leaps at the trumpet’s voice, and burns for glory. Addison.

    He parted frowning from me, as if ruin
    Leap’d from his eyes: so looks the chafed lion
    Upon the daring huntsman that has gall’d him;
    Then makes him nothing. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. Job xli. 19.


  1. leap

    A leap is a sudden or abrupt jump, transition or advancement, often involving significant risk or change. It can refer to physical jumping, a rapid increase or progress in something, or skipping stages to move on to a more advanced phase. This term can apply across various contexts, including physical movement, technological progress (as in a "leap in technology"), career progression, and more. It can also relate to a certain time calculation when an extra day is added to the calendar year referred to as a "leap year".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leapnoun

    a basket

  2. Leapnoun

    a weel or wicker trap for fish

  3. Leapverb

    to spring clear of the ground, with the feet; to jump; to vault; as, a man leaps over a fence, or leaps upon a horse

  4. Leapverb

    to spring or move suddenly, as by a jump or by jumps; to bound; to move swiftly. Also Fig

  5. Leapverb

    to pass over by a leap or jump; as, to leap a wall, or a ditch

  6. Leapverb

    to copulate with (a female beast); to cover

  7. Leapverb

    to cause to leap; as, to leap a horse across a ditch

  8. Leapnoun

    the act of leaping, or the space passed by leaping; a jump; a spring; a bound

  9. Leapnoun

    copulation with, or coverture of, a female beast

  10. Leapnoun

    a fault

  11. Leapnoun

    a passing from one note to another by an interval, especially by a long one, or by one including several other and intermediate intervals

  12. Etymology: [OE. lepen, leapen, AS. hlepan to leap, jump, run; akin to OS. hlpan, OFries. hlapa, D. loopen, G. laufen, OHG. louffan, hlauffan, Icel. hlaupa, Sw. lpa, Dan. lbe, Goth. ushlaupan. Cf. Elope, Lope, Lapwing, Loaf to loiter.]


  1. Leap

    Leap is the second album released by Drop Trio. The album debuted in 2004 and was self-released by the band. The album is noted as having been recorded entirely improvised in the studio.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Leap

    lēp, v.i. to move with bounds: to spring upward or forward: to jump: to rush with vehemence.—v.t. to bound over: to cause to take a leap: to cover or copulate (of some beasts):—pr.p. leap′ing; pa.t. leaped or leapt (lept); pa.p. leaped, rarely leapt.—n. act of leaping: bound: space passed by leaping: sudden transition.—ns. Leap′-frog, a play in which one boy places his hands on the back of another stooping in front of him, and vaults over his head; Leap′ing-house (Shak.), a brothel; Leap′ing-time (Shak.), youth; Leap′-year, every fourth year—of 366 days, adding one day in February.—Leap in the dark, an act of which we cannot foresee the consequences. [A.S. hleápan, pa.t. hleóp; Ger. laufen, to run.]

  2. Leap

    lēp, n. a basket: a wicker net. [A.S. leáp.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. leap

    The sudden fall of a river in one sheet. Also, a weel, made of twigs, to catch fish in.

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  1. LEAP

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LEAP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Leap is ranked #21470 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Leap surname appeared 1,217 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Leap.

    91.7% or 1,117 total occurrences were White.
    4.3% or 53 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.8% or 23 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 14 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'leap' in Verbs Frequency: #698

Anagrams for leap »

  1. pale

  2. peal

  3. plea

  4. lepa

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of leap in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of leap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of leap in a Sentence

  1. Kevin Costner:

    It is one of those leap of faith movies, Could this happen? We are dealing with memory exchange. We're dealing it with animals, of course. I think no doubt though if the world was in the balance, I don't think they'd have a problem risking someone's life like they did with me, so I just try to play it honest. I know it's a big leap. I know when something's really grounded and we know when we have to make a big leap but movies can do that and we try to and I hope we got over that hump.

  2. Agnes de Mille:

    Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows, We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.

  3. Bob Raymer:

    California is about to take a quantum leap in energy standards, no other state in the nation mandates solar, and we are about to take that leap.

  4. Henry David Thoreau:

    We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.

  5. Neil Armstrong:

    That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

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    an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism; an absence of depression
    • A. whitewash
    • B. impurity
    • C. elation
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