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v. leaped or leapt (lĕpt, lēpt), leap·ing, leaps
a. To propel oneself quickly upward or a long way; spring or jump: The goat leaped over the wall. The salmon leapt across the barrier.
b. To move quickly or suddenly: leaped out of his chair to answer the door.
a. To change quickly or abruptly from one condition or subject to another: always leaping to conclusions.
b. To act quickly or impulsively: leaped at the opportunity to travel.
c. To enter eagerly into an activity; plunge: leapt into the project with both feet.
1. To propel oneself over: I couldn't leap the brook.
2. To cause to leap: She leapt her horse over the hurdle.
a. The act of leaping; a jump.
b. A place jumped over or from.
c. The distance cleared in a leap.
2. An abrupt or precipitous passage, shift, or transition: a leap from rags to riches.
To be readily noticed: The sign leapt out at us from the window.
by leaps and bounds
Very quickly: growing by leaps and bounds.
leap in the dark
An act whose consequences cannot be predicted.
leap of faith
The act or an instance of believing or trusting in something intangible or incapable of being proved.
[Middle English lepen, from Old English hlēapan.]
- (The flashlight) leaped about like a will-o’-the-wisp —Brian Moore
- Leaped from his chair as a runner leaps crouching, from the mark —Frank Swinnerton
See Also: RISING
- Leaped like a fawn —Pat Conroy
- Leaped like a high jumper —Frank Conroy
- (Goats) leaped … like arrows speeding from the bow —Willa Cather
- Leaped like a spring released —John Updike
- Leaped … like a startled frog —Théophile Gautier
- Leaped up like a little singed cat —O. Henry
- Leaps like a buck in air —Caroline Finkelstein
- Leaps like a flash —Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings
This is a line from the Anderson/Stallings play, What Price Glory.
- (The pulse in his palm) leapt like a trout in a brook —Eudora Welty
- Leaping through the air like a man released from gravity —Ed Bradley, about basketball star Michael Jordan, “Sixty Minutes,” February 15, 1987
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|Noun||1.||leaping - a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards|
jumping, jump - the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground; "he advanced in a series of jumps"; "the jumping was unexpected"
pounce - the act of pouncing