- The act of leaping or jumping.
- The distance traversed by a leap or jump.
- (figurative) A significant move forward.
verb (leaps, leaping, leaped, leapt, or rarely lope, leaped, leapt, or rarely lopen)
- 1969 July 20, w:Neil Armstrong, Neil Armstrong, as he became the first man to step on the moon
- : That's one small step for a man, one giant for mankind.
- (intransitive) To jump from one location to another.
Etymology: Old English hleapan, hlÄapan, from Germanic
- c. 1450, anonymous, Merlin
- : It is grete nede a man to go bak to recouer the better his leep
- 1600, anonymous, The wisdome of Doctor Dodypoll, act 4
- : I, I defie thee: wert not thou next him when he leapt into the Riuer?
- 1783, w:Hugh Blair, Hugh Blair, from the "Illiad" in Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, lecture 4, page 65
- : Th" infernal monarch rear"d his horrid head, Leapt from his throne, lest Neptune"s arm should lay His dark dominions open to the day.
- 1999, Ai, Vice: New & Selected Poems, page 78
- : It is better to into the void.
- xlaupan. Cognate with Dutch lopen, German laufen "run", Swedish lípa.
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