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Definition of Lapse

Lapse

  1. A gliding, slipping, or gradual falling; an unobserved or imperceptible progress or passing away,; -- restricted usually to immaterial things, or to figurative uses.
  2. A slip; an error; a fault; a failing in duty; a slight deviation from truth or rectitude.
  3. The termination of a right or privilege through neglect to exercise it within the limited time, or through failure of some contingency; hence, the devolution of a right or privilege.
  4. A fall or apostasy.
  5. To pass slowly and smoothly downward, backward, or away; to slip downward, backward, or away; to glide; -- mostly restricted to figurative uses.
  6. To slide or slip in moral conduct; to fail in duty; to fall from virtue; to deviate from rectitude; to commit a fault by inadvertence or mistake.
  7. To fall or pass from one proprietor to another, or from the original destination, by the omission, negligence, or failure of some one, as a patron, a legatee, etc.
  8. To become ineffectual or void; to fall.
  9. To let slip; to permit to devolve on another; to allow to pass.
  10. To surprise in a fault or error; hence, to surprise or catch, as an offender.

Lapse Quotations

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.
Robert Southey

No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.
George Eliot

I found my interest lapse in both acting and racing.
Lillie Langtry

For days on end, I avoid the Web, never logging in until about two or three, after I've written all morning. On a good week, I don't go online till after Wednesday, so four or five days might lapse without my checking e-mail.
Mary Karr

I can forgive the body breaking down. It's a little tougher to forgive that mental lapse.
Hale Irwin
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Lapse Translations

lapse in Dutch is terugvallen
lapse in Portuguese is lapso
lapse in Spanish is lapso

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