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  Dictionary Definition of leap

leap
verb ( leapt 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.
[ME lepe ( n ), OE hleapan leap, run, c. G laufen run. Cf. LOPE ]
-- leaper, noun