LEAP, verb intransitive [Latin labor, perhaps. Heb.]
1. To spring or rise from the ground with both feet, as man, or with all the feet, as other animals; to jump; to vault; as, a man leaps over a fence, or leaps upon a horse.
A man leapeth better with weights in his hands than without.
2. To spring or move suddenly; as, to leap from a horse.
3. To rush with violence.
And the man in whom the evil spirit was, leaped on them and overcame them - Acts 19:16.
4. To spring; to bound; to skip; as, to leap for joy.
5. To fly; to start. Job 41:19.
He parted frowning from me, as if ruin leaped from his eyes.
[Our common people retain the Saxon aspirate of this word in the phrase, to clip it, to run fast.]
LEAP, verb transitive
1. To pass over by leaping; to spring or bound from one side to the other; as, to leap a wall, a gate or a gulf; to leap a stream. [But the phrase is elliptical, and over is understood.]
2. To compress; as the male of certain beasts.
1. A jump; a spring; a bound; act of leaping.
2. Space passed by leaping.
3. A sudden transition of passing.
4. The space that may be passed at a bound.
'Tis the convenient leap I mean to try.
5. Embrace of animals.
6. Hazard, or effect of leaping.
7. A basket; a weel for fish. [Not in use.]