• The deer leaps over the Prince
    The deer leaps over the Prince
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n leaping a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The young man leaps over the threshold The young man leaps over the threshold
Look before you leap Look before you leap
The Gallant Curtius leaping into the gulf The Gallant Curtius leaping into the gulf
Makoma leaps into the pool of crocodiles Makoma leaps into the pool of crocodiles

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The oldest roller coaster in the world is the Leap-The-Dips roller coaster located in Lakemont Park in Pennsylvania. The roller coaster was built in 1902
    • a. & n Leaping from Leap, to jump.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Jackrabbits can reach a speed of fifty miles per hour and can leap as far as twenty feet
    • leaping That leaps; jumping.
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  • Julie Cameron
    Julie Cameron
    “Leap, and the net will appear.”
  • Emily Dickinson
    “A wounded deer leaps the highest.”
  • Charlotte Bronte
    “Look twice before you leap.”
  • Neil Armstrong
    Neil Armstrong
    “That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Enthusiasm is the leaping lightning, not to be measured by the horse-power of the understanding.”
  • Reinhold Niebuhr
    “Our age knows nothing but reaction, and leaps from one extreme to another.”


By leaps and bounds - Something that happens by leaps and bounds happens very quickly in big steps.
Look before you leap - This idiom means that you should think carefully about the possible results or consequences before doing something.


In literature:

He leaped to the carriage.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
On such occasions he will attack a man on horseback who approaches his charges, and will leap up and try to kick him.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
We leaped across the padded corridor.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
The demon actually leaped within him, but the old man had a powerful will.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
She pulled up, leaped off her pony, and ran into the room.
"In the Track of the Troops" by R.M. Ballantyne
With a sense of deadly peril hanging over him he leaped up and sprang on the Irishman.
"Twice Bought" by R.M. Ballantyne
We all leaped up in excitement, as if an enemy were at our doors.
"The Big Otter" by R.M. Ballantyne
When the bull was within a yard of him he leaped lightly to one side and it passed.
"The Dog Crusoe and his Master" by R.M. Ballantyne
While they run, let us leap a little ahead of them, reader, and see what had caused all the excitement.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
We leaped from our benches.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
A walnut tree shaded it, Thunder Run leaped by in cascades, on either side the footpath Allan had planted larkspur and marigolds.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
With a throttled cry he leaped at the surprised woman.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
With a snort like a pistol shot El Rey flung up his great head, leaped into the air and was gone.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
The other one at the smelter ran for his horse and leaped on its back.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
He leaped to his feet.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
His voice was raised in the same discordant, singing tone that leaped and wandered from note to note.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
Alexis leaped up lightly and turned again to face his foes.
"The Boy Allies with the Cossacks" by Clair W. Hayes
Seeing, John Martin whirled and leaped back under cover again.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
Smaller shapes were moving about them, with long easy leaps.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
Instantly half a dozen Indians leaped to their feet and the speech of the leading Indian came to a sudden end.
"Marching on Niagara" by Edward Stratemeyer

In poetry:

Moving slow in stream and sea-tide,
There the stranger warriors sleep,
And their shades still cry in anguish
Where the foaming waters leap.
"Ugonde's Tale" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Leap to the highest height of spring,
And trill thy sweetest note,
Bird of the heavenly plumes and twinkling wing
And silver-tonëd throat!
"An Early Bluebird" by Maurice Thompson
Your careless note that I laid away
May leap to my eyes like flame
When the world has almost forgotten your voice
Or the sound of your name.
"Things" by Aline Murray Kilmer
But the hungry kings of the tides;
Sin who had a woman's shape
Sleeps till Silence blows on a cloud
And all the lifted waters walk and leap.
"Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas
Countless beginnings, fair first parts,
Leap to the light, and shining flow;
All broken things, or toys or hearts,
Are mended where they go.
"To E.G., Dedicating a Book" by George MacDonald
Blessings abound where'er he reigns;
The prisoner leaps to lose his chains;
The weary find eternal rest;
And all the sons of want are blest.
"Psalm LXXII: Great God" by Isaac Watts

In news:

How Leaping Fish Species Left the Water — For Good.
When the sun sets over this town, Turbo and Ariel leap into the air in a ritual that dolphins have known for millions of years.
But that hasn't stopped Fannie from leaping into the top 5 this year, up from no 81.
COVER- Big steps: Will Martha Jefferson's leap bring a footbridge .
Nonesuch, 2002 Wilco's great leap forward was a mix of rock tradition, electronics, oddball rhythms and experimental gestures.
There is an exception to every four years being a Leap Year .
I love a good leap year .
What you don't know about Leap Year .
It only comes once every four years, so make sure you read up on what makes Leap Year so much fun.
Leap year shift keeps the calendar in line with seasons.
A new leap year a century ago.
Leap Year Directed by Michael Rowe Strand Releasing Opens June 24, Cinema Village.
Leaping fish slams boater on Suwannee.
A smoke plume heralded the coming jump to the crowds below, and Cottrell made his leap .
In an unusual boutique-for-boutique buy, the Stags Leap Cabernet producer adds an Anderson Valley winery to its portfolio.

In science:

The radius of the potential increases with a leap and the potential radii are obviously too big to be consistent with the experimental radii.
Alpha-Cluster Model, Charge Symmetry of Nuclear Force and Single Particle Bound State Potential in Symmetrical Nuclei
Using leap-flog method for the harmonic oscillator, the following equation is satisfied.
Stochastic Dynamics Toward the Steady State of Self-Gravitating Systems
The inclusion of tunnelling would strengthen our claims, since the added mobility [103] makes trapping in a metastable de-Sitter vacuum even less likely (the effect of resonant tunnelling [104] and giant leaps [105–107] improves mobility greatly as D is increased).
On the Unlikeliness of Multi-Field Inflation: Bounded Random Potentials and our Vacuum
Dahlen, “Small Steps and Giant Leaps in the Landscape,” Phys.
On the Unlikeliness of Multi-Field Inflation: Bounded Random Potentials and our Vacuum
Dahlen, “Giant Leaps and Minimal Branes in Multi-Dimensional Flux Landscapes,” Phys.
On the Unlikeliness of Multi-Field Inflation: Bounded Random Potentials and our Vacuum
Melody that leaps from pitch to pitch with no natural connection or flow is said to be disjunct.
Music in Terms of Science
Thus, after the melody makes a large leap, either up or down, the next note usually changes the direction of melodic motion.
Music in Terms of Science
The introduction of “dusty” models was a leap forward in the study of brown dwarfs, and our results suggests that a similar effort may be useful for hot planets like HD 189733b.
The prevalence of dust on the exoplanet HD 189733b from Hubble and Spitzer observations
This could eventually lead to new political and economic institutions achieving profound impacts on democracy, national governance and prosperity. A leap of imagination is needed to achieve the breakthroughs that will improve our understanding of the world’s economic system.
It is at the point where the coupling constants suffer a discontinuous leap (along a Stokes’ line) that a quantum phase transition happens.
Complex Path Integrals and the Space of Theories
This means that even in just one generation (from i = 0 to i = 1) the Darwin-Wallace distribution makes a big leap.
On the influence of intelligence in (social) intelligence testing environments
The European Pulsar Timing Array: current efforts and a LEAP toward the future.
Tests of the universality of free fall for strongly self-gravitating bodies with radio pulsars
An assumption that buidling a selfconsistent dynamical models of this kind is possible is of course a ”leap of faith”, and several arguments can be presented why this is difficult to achieve.
Neutrino Velocity and the Variability of Fundamental Constants
It is not easy to make the intuitive leap from the complement of the knot as depicted in a non-compact 3-dimensional space to the concise picture given.
Classical Knot Theory
We take a big leap and propose that classical physics obeys the automorphism principle.
Polydimensional Relativity, a Classical Generalization of the Automorphism Invariance Principle