What does leap mean?

Definitions for leap
lip; lɛpt, liptleap

Here are all the possible meanings 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"

Wiktionary

  1. leapnoun

    The act of leaping or jumping.

    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’).

  2. leapnoun

    The distance traversed by a leap or jump.

    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’).

  3. leapnoun

    A significant move forward.

    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’).

  4. leapverb

    To jump from one location to another.

    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’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leapnoun

    a basket

    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.]

  2. Leapnoun

    a weel or wicker trap for fish

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  4. Leapverb

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

    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.]

  5. Leapverb

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

    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.]

  6. Leapverb

    to copulate with (a female beast); to cover

    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.]

  7. Leapverb

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

    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.]

  8. Leapnoun

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

    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.]

  9. Leapnoun

    copulation with, or coverture of, a female beast

    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.]

  10. Leapnoun

    a fault

    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.]

  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

    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.]

Freebase

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    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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Anagrams for leap »

  1. pale, peal, plea

  2. Peal

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Numerology

  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. William Cobbett:

    It is by attempting to reach the top in a single leap that so much misery is produced in the world.

  2. Henry David Thoreau:

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

  3. Chief Executive Philippe Petitcolin:

    In the coming months, the challenge of the LEAP ramp-up will intensify.

  4. Sylvie Goulard:

    I don't think Europe can transform itself and make a bold leap forward in integration with the current cast of political characters.  Perhaps with their successors.

  5. David Joy:

    By a number of measures, valuations are quite extended, making this rally something of a leap of faith.

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