leaping

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Leap \Leap\ (l[=e]p), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Leaped} (l[=e]pt; 277), rarely {Leapt} (l[=e]pt or l[e^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Leaping}.] [OE. lepen, leapen, AS. hle['a]pan to leap, jump, run; akin to OS. [=a]hl[=o]pan, OFries. hlapa, D. loopen, G. laufen, OHG. louffan, hlauffan, Icel. hlaupa, Sw. l["o]pa, Dan. l["o]be, 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 flood. --Shak.

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 A rainbow in the sky. --Wordsworth.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Leaping \Leap"ing\, adjective & n. from {Leap}, to jump.

{Leaping house}, a brothel. [Obs.] --Shak.

{Leaping pole}, a pole used in some games of leaping.

{Leaping spider} (Zool.), a jumping spider; one of the {Saltigrad[ae]}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

leaping

noun

1: a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards [syn: {leap}, {leaping}, {spring}, {saltation}, {bound}, {bounce}]


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