Leap (?), v. i. [imp. & p.
p. Leaped (?), rarely Leapt; p. pr. &
vb. n. Leaping.] [OE. lepen, leapen,
AS. hleÁpan to leap, jump, run; akin to OS.
āhl?pan, OFries. hlapa, D. loopen, G.
laufen, OHG. louffan, hlauffan, Icel.
hlaupa, Sw. löpa, Dan. löbe, Goth.
ushlaupan. Cf. Elope, Lope, Lapwing,
Loaf to loiter.] 1. 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. Bacon.
Leap in with me into this angry
2. To spring or move suddenly, as by a jump
or by jumps; to bound; to move swiftly. Also Fig.
My heart leaps up when I behold Wordsworth.
A rainbow in the sky.
Leap, v. t. 1. To
pass over by a leap or jump; as, to leap a wall, or a
2. To copulate with (a female beast); to
3. To cause to leap; as, to leap a
horse across a ditch.
Leap, n. 1. The
act of leaping, or the space passed by leaping; a jump; a spring; a
Wickedness comes on by degrees, . . . and sudden
leaps from one extreme to another are unnatural.
Changes of tone may proceed either by leaps or
glides. H. Sweet.
2. Copulation with, or coverture of, a female
3. (Mining) A fault.
4. (Mus.) A passing from one note to
another by an interval, especially by a long one, or by one including
several other and intermediate intervals.
Leap (?), n. [AS. leÁp.]
1. A basket. [Obs.] Wyclif.
2. A weel or wicker trap for fish.