• The deer leaps over the Prince
    The deer leaps over the Prince
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v leap pass abruptly from one state or topic to another "leap into fame","jump to a conclusion","jump from one thing to another"
    • v leap move forward by leaps and bounds "The horse bounded across the meadow","The child leapt across the puddle","Can you jump over the fence?"
    • v leap cause to jump or leap "the trainer jumped the tiger through the hoop"
    • v leap 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"
    • n leap a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
    • n leap the distance leaped (or to be leaped) "a leap of 10 feet"
    • n leap an abrupt transition "a successful leap from college to the major leagues"
    • n leap a sudden and decisive increase "a jump in attendance"
    • ***

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
    • Leap A basket.
    • Leap (Mining) A fault.
    • Leap (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 A weel or wicker trap for fish.
    • Leap Copulation with, or coverture of, a female beast.
    • Leap The act of leaping, or the space passed by leaping; a jump; a spring; a bound. "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."
    • Leap To cause to leap; as, to leap a horse across a ditch.
    • Leap To copulate with (a female beast); to cover.
    • Leap To pass over by a leap or jump; as, to leap a wall, or a ditch.
    • Leap 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. "Leap in with me into this angry flood."
    • Leap 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
      A rainbow in the sky."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Jackrabbits can reach a speed of fifty miles per hour and can leap as far as twenty feet
    • leap To spring clear of the ground or of any point of rest; pass through space by force of an initial bound or impulse; spring; jump; vault; bound.
    • leap To move with springs or bounds; start suddenly or with quick motion; make a spring or bound; shoot or spring out or up.
    • leap To go; travel. Compare landleaper.
    • leap In music, to pass from any tone to one that is two or more diatonic steps distant from it. Synonyms Jump, Spring, etc. See skip.
    • leap To pass over by leaping; jump over; spring or bound from one side to the other of: as, to leap a wall.
    • leap To copulate with; cover: said of the males of certain beasts.
    • leap To cause to take a leap; cause to pass by Leaping.
    • n leap The act or an act of leaping; a jump; a spring; a bound.
    • n leap The act of copulating with or covering a female: said of certain beasts.
    • n leap In music, a passing from any tone to one that is two or more diatonic steps distant from it.
    • n leap In mining, a fault or break in the strata.
    • n leap A basket.
    • n leap A trap or snare for fish.
    • n leap Half a bushel.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average day is actually 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.09 seconds. We have a leap year every four years to make up for this shortfall
    • v.i Leap lēp to move with bounds: to spring upward or forward: to jump: to rush with vehemence
    • v.t Leap 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 Leap act of leaping: bound: space passed by leaping: sudden transition
    • n Leap lēp a basket: a wicker net.
    • ***


  • 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.”
  • Thomas Hobbes
    “I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.”


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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lepen, leapen, AS. hleápan, to leap, jump, run; akin to OS. āhlōpan, OFries. hlapa, D. loopen, G. laufen, OHG. louffan, hlauffan, Icel. hlaupa, Sw. löpa, Dan. löbe, Goth. ushlaupan,. Cf. Elope Lope Lapwing Loaf to loiter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. leáp.


In literature:

And the cadet made a leap at the gun.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
The great dog uttered a fierce howl of pain, leaped high into the air, and fell back among the bushes.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
But there was usually sand below and he was able to leap down without much harm, other than a jolt or two.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
As soon as they were near enough to do so, all hands leaped into the meadow grass, and started on a rush for Fort Bedford.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
The canoe soon reached the bank; and Francois, accompanied by Basil and Marengo, leaped ashore, and went in search of the birds.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
My heart leaped to my throat, but nothing happened to me, and I made a hasty examination of Mercer.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
Orme leaped forward and swung his cane.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
As he came within sight of the new conflagration the flames already were leaping from the roof and roaring from the upper windows.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
Henry heard the light sound of the others behind him as one by one they leaped into his place, but he never looked back.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Showers of sparks and sheets of flame were leaping and streaming into the sky.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine

In poetry:

Though from his throat
The life-tide leaps
There was no threat
On his lips.
"Has Your Soul Sipped?" by Wilfred Owen
Oh, stranger than my midnights
Of loneliness and strife
The Doors that let the dark leap in
Across my sunny life!
"The Narrow Doors" by Fannie Stearns Davis
My heart leaped up with untold joy;
Life's toil and pain were o'er;
My weary feet at last had found
The bright and restful shore.
"Fishers Of Men" by Frances Ellen Watkins
And well may our hearts within us
Leap up at this happy time,
When the clasp and the friendly greeting
Are sweet as a poet's rhyme.
"Christmas" by Alexander Anderson
"Gods! ye love our Sparta--ye
Gave with vine that leaps and runs
O'er her slopes, these slaves to be
Mocks and warnings to her sons!"
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Surely the wiser time shall come
When this fine overplus of might,
No longer sullen, slow, and dumb,
Shall leap to music and to light.
"Beaver Brook" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Olympics helps Britain leap out of recession.
Sandy Creek 51, Shaw 26: Patriots leap out to commanding lead, never look back.
The keepers of the world's clocks are adding a " leap second " to time at the stroke of midnight, Saturday June 30th.
Earth's slowing rotation prompts Saturday's ' leap second ' (+video).
Leap second s perform a similar function to the extra day in each leap year which keeps the calendar in sync with the seasons.
Should the ' leap second ' be abolished.
On Thursday, countries will decide whether to scrap leap second s to bring different ways of measuring time in sync.
Leap Year drug smuggling attempt ends with arrest in Brownsville.
Valley families welcome Leap Year babies.
Maylee Valencia and her husband Mario De Leon of La Feria welcome their Leap Year baby Dominic Alexander De Leon.
LeBron James' leap year .
Summer's Early Start: Solstice Moved Up Thanks to Leap Year .
Leap Year Delivers Boost to California Exports.
PGA golf, leap year , high school sports - all in Treasure Coast Week in Pictures.
How to remake the calendar with no leap day.

In science:

Following the excellent presentations at this Symposium, it is perhaps worthwhile to pause a moment and consider our most recent leaps of energy frontiers.
LHC Symposium 2003: Summary Talk
The former represents a huge leap in broad-bandpass imaging, with an angular resolution ∼ 0.′′5, the latter in collecting area (a total of ∼ 5 times that of ASCA, with an order of magnitude better angular resolution).
Chemical Composition of the Intracluster Medium
The rate of the atomic time scale UTC is regulated by introduction of leap seconds to reproduce the rate of UT and eliminate the secular difference between the uniform atomic time scale TAI and UT (Kovalevsky and Seidelmann 2004).
Millisecond and Binary Pulsars as Nature's Frequency Standards. III. Fourier Analysis and Spectral Sensitivity of Timing Observations to Low-Frequency Noise
To reach this goal will require ∼100 tons of the decaying isotope, and no current technique provides such a leap in sensitivity. • The qualitative physics results that arise from an observation of 0ν ββ decay are profound.
Neutrinoless double beta decay and direct searches for neutrino mass
If the observational data from the next generation of detectors support the existence of trans-GZK events then the next great leap for particle physics could come from nonaccelerator experimental physics.
The Mysteries of the Highest Energy Cosmic Rays