leap

[c]/lip / (say leep)

verb (leapt /lɛpt/ (say lept) or leaped, leaping)
verb (i)
1. to spring through the air from one point or position to another: to leap over a ditch.
2. to move quickly and lightly: to leap aside.
3. to pass, come, rise, etc., as if with a bound: to leap to a conclusion.
verb (t)
4. to jump over: to leap a wall.
5. to pass over as if by a leap.
6. to cause to leap.
noun
7. a spring, jump, or bound; a light springing movement.
8. the space cleared in a leap.
9. a place leapt, or to be leapt, over or from.
10. an abrupt transition, especially a rise.
11. Music a melodic interval greater than a second.
phrase
12. a leap forward, a sudden progressive development.
13. by leaps and bounds, very rapidly.
14. leap in the dark, an action taken without knowledge of the possible outcomes. {Phrase Origin: said to have been the last words spoken by English philosopher Thomas Hobbes before he died in 1679 and afterwards adopted by others in writing about the experience of death}
{Middle English lepe(n), Old English hlēapan leap, run. Compare lope}
leaper, noun
Usage: The forms leapt and leaped are in variation, with the corpus evidence indicating that leapt is still much more common than leaped.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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