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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
leap
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a cat leaps/springs
▪ Then the cat leapt up into the tree.
flames leap (=they go high into the air)
▪ Flames were leaping up the chimney.
jump to/leap to conclusions (=decide something is true without knowing all the facts, especially when you are wrong)
▪ Everyone jumped to the conclusion that we would get married.
jump/leap off the page (=be very noticeable)
▪ One mistake jumped off the page.
leap year
profits soar/leap (=increase by a large amount)
quantum leap
▪ There has been a quantum leap in the range of the wines sold in the UK.
swing/spring/leap into action (=suddenly start doing something)
▪ The fire crew immediately swung into action.
taken a quantum leap
▪ The treatment of breast cancer has taken a quantum leap forward.
took a flying leap
▪ He took a flying leap and just managed to clear the stream.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
ahead
▪ Your school could leap ahead of the pack.
▪ I feel best when we leap ahead, cause the change our-selves.
forward
▪ Uttering a cry of disgust, Dauntless leapt forward and dragged Cleo up by the arm.
▪ It leapt forward as Delaney cried out and struck it a glancing blow with the torch.
▪ Here, there is no conferring, and Jack impulsively leaps forward with raised knife to kill it.
▪ It was brilliantly sunny, as though summer had leapt forward a few months.
▪ The horse was made to foil her every move, leaping forward as she moved quickly and turning her away.
▪ Some parents leap forward eagerly and some must be dragged to the battle lines.
▪ For one moment he looked as if he was raising his hands in surrender, then he leapt forward.
▪ The jeep dug dirt as it leapt forward.
over
▪ They tried to leap over the sandbags, but were too slow.
▪ Argyll leapt over the clattering boards and rolling stools.
▪ The object was to get your pieces from your corner to an opponent's corner by leaping over his pieces.
▪ She leapt over the ditch opposite the Martins' orchard wall and hurled herself into the undergrowth.
▪ He knew from past experience that she was capable of leaping over to the terrace.
▪ With a whoop he leapt over a huge spreading puddle where a drain was blocked with litter.
▪ Like lemmings, we raced each other to leap over the cliff.
▪ Then the van was leaping over rough ground, getting out of sight of the road.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a flying jump/leap
by leaps and bounds/in leaps and bounds
sb's heart leaps
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ He leaped through the window and was gone.
▪ I leapt the fence to safety, leaving the dog snarling behind me.
▪ Shares leapt about 5% to $32.375.
▪ Tessa leaped onto the boat just as it was moving away from the bank.
▪ The bartender leapt over the bar and tried to stop the fight.
▪ The fish leaped out of the water.
▪ The price of gas leapt 15% overnight.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ At one point I was forced to leap into a hip-high drift to avoid being run over by an oil truck.
▪ But what is all that leaping into each others' arms, Peli with his legs wrapped round Jairzinho's waist?
▪ David Laing had leapt to his feet again, spraying his neighbours with cold coffee.
▪ It was leaping in stillness to receive the Light.
▪ Men, on the other hand, might leap higher, suspend themselves longer, and whirl faster.
▪ The branch shattered in half, and the gulls crouched to leap, only to be sucked under the bow waves.
▪ They had leapt out, screaming murderously, but now they dropped all around us, dying and dead.
▪ We leapt from rock to rock, trying to synchronise the landing wobble into a launch aid.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
big
▪ That is, of course, unless one assumes a big leap in productivity in Dept.
▪ This is all a big leap of faith.
giant
▪ One giant leap for Fleet Street's finest.
▪ We also might add that it took a giant leap of thought.
▪ Organisations may take giant leaps and consequently deal with the unfamiliar.
▪ This does not include the characters themselves, but that wouldn't now be such a giant leap to take.
▪ Even one small step on the path of your plan can be a giant leap!
▪ But it's a giant leap for trout, tench, roach, loach, pike, perch and bream.
great
▪ When she read the first word, J O E, her heart gave a great leap.
▪ The use of the sea lions is a great leap forward in whale-tracking technology, Hurley said.
▪ Certain genes make great leaps across the living world.
▪ Then came the great leap backward.
▪ Then her heart gave a great leap.
▪ He needed to walk, to run, to take great leaps into the air.
huge
▪ Scientific enquiry demands nothing less, and time after time huge leaps forward in understanding have been achieved in exactly that manner.
▪ It encompasses both the art of spin doctoring and also our fragile human need and ability to make huge leaps of faith.
▪ The tension, you might say, generated by that success caused crime fiction also to take a huge lateral leap.
▪ The men have these huge leaps, and the women are very expressive above the waist.
▪ The day had been a hummer: a huge leap nearer London.
imaginative
▪ Doing history does require an imaginative leap, and contact with real evidence from the past can often assist in this process.
▪ You have nothing to lose by trying out possible futures for size-it just requires an imaginative leap.
▪ Very often it helps pupils to make the imaginative leap that is required of a historian.
large
▪ They can cash in on good ideas from staff and benefit from many small improvements and occasional large leaps forward.
▪ Jumping two Post Office grades to get her job was an unexpectedly large career leap.
sudden
▪ There are sudden, dramatic leaps in small children's learning, interspersed with long fallow periods when nothing seems to happen.
▪ Why do people perceive a sudden leap in status from, say, four-and-a-half years to five and from nine to ten?
▪ He even thanked Ellen for this new, sudden, unexpected leap into maturity.
■ NOUN
forward
▪ The leap forward of the last 20 years was assisted by free movements of capital.
quantum
▪ By placing Franco in overall command, the Nationalists made a quantum leap forward in their efforts to secure victory.
▪ Agricultural technologies have revolutionized farm production, resulting in quantum leaps in output.
▪ The quantum leap expressed itself partly in population levels.
▪ The market is forcing the players to move on in quantum leaps in order to keep their market share.
▪ I think that there are two aspects to the question of a quantum leap in nuclear weapons.
year
▪ Knock! jokes are okay in small doses - like one every second leap year.
▪ This is a leap year, so use that extra day to plan some great outings.
▪ The leap year proposal ceremony was conducted near the player's entrance by Ayresome Park disc jockey Mark Page.
■ VERB
make
▪ Bukharin went on, however, to make a leap that did not necessarily follow from his previous line of thought.
▪ My mind would make these magic little leaps.
▪ Sounds are the means by which he makes the leap into the unknown.
▪ Jimmy Goddard has made a creative leap in linking the sites corresponding to the elements through the medium of sound.
▪ Yet some writers do make the leap out of the isolation of the self.
▪ Rincewind briefly considered making a desperate leap to safety.
▪ And at Niagara, guides pocketed tips by pointing to the exact spot where Sam Patch had made his last successful leap.
take
▪ But Christopher has a slightly different angle on why Agnew's have decided to take this leap into the present.
▪ We also might add that it took a giant leap of thought.
▪ But only 200,000 have taken a leap into the dark to buy non-privatised quoted shares.
▪ Carl Lewis took a golden leap further into history.
▪ You've got to take a leap.
▪ If not, some franchise will have to take a leap of faith.
▪ Organisations may take giant leaps and consequently deal with the unfamiliar.
▪ He just took a leap, held his breath, and stayed up.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a flying jump/leap
by leaps and bounds/in leaps and bounds
look before you leap
▪ Proceed with caution and, at the risk of sounding like a tabloid astrologer, look before you leap.
▪ Whatever you decide, it pays to look before you leap.
sb's heart leaps
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Borrowers have been warned to expect another leap in bank interest rates.
▪ Coffee and orange juice prices made their biggest leaps on Friday.
▪ Gold shares gained following a leap in the price of gold.
▪ I can see the Internet business growing by leaps and bounds.
▪ Powell won with a leap of 27 feet, 10 inches.
▪ With a tremendous leap, James managed to catch the ball.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ His spirits, which had dropped at her last words, rose with an irrational leap.
▪ In one leap, that acquisition made Northern Britain's biggest milkman, with approaching a quarter of the market.
▪ It encompasses both the art of spin doctoring and also our fragile human need and ability to make huge leaps of faith.
▪ Not the leap Halle believed it would be.
▪ The momentum derives not from a lulling flow or titillating suspense but from astoundingly acrobatic leaps from perch to perch.
▪ They will ride the surf or the bows of a vessel, constantly passing back and forth and making boisterous leaps.
▪ Yet our conventional forces have not made an equivalent leap into the future.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Leap

Leap \Leap\ (l[=e]p), v. i. [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.

Leap

Leap \Leap\, n. [AS. le['a]p.]

  1. A basket. [Obs.]
    --Wyclif.

  2. A weel or wicker trap for fish. [Prov. Eng.]

Leap

Leap \Leap\, n.

  1. The act of leaping, or the space passed by leaping; a jump; a spring; a bound.

    Wickedness comes on by degrees, . . . and sudden leaps from one extreme to another are unnatural.
    --L'Estrange.

    Changes of tone may proceed either by leaps or glides.
    --H. Sweet.

  2. Copulation with, or coverture of, a female beast.

  3. (Mining) A fault.

  4. (Mus.) A passing from one note to another by an interval, especially by a long one, or by one including several other and intermediate intervals.

Leap

Leap \Leap\, v. t.

  1. To pass over by a leap or jump; as, to leap a wall, or a ditch.

  2. To copulate with (a female beast); to cover.

  3. To cause to leap; as, to leap a horse across a ditch.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
leap

c.1200, from Old English hleapan "to jump, run, leap" (class VII strong verb; past tense hleop, past participle hleapen), from Proto-Germanic *hlaupan (cognates: Old Saxon hlopan, Old Norse hlaupa, Old Frisian hlapa, Dutch lopen, Old High German hlouffan, German laufen "to run," Gothic us-hlaupan "to jump up"), of uncertain origin, with no known cognates beyond Germanic. Leap-frog, the children's game, is attested by that name from 1590s; figurative use by 1704.\n\nFirst loke and aftirward lepe

[proverb recorded from mid-15c.]

\nRelated: Leaped; leaping.
leap

c.1200, from Old English hliep, hlyp (West Saxon), *hlep (Mercian, Northumbrian) "a leap, bound, spring, sudden movement; thing to leap from;" common Germanic (cognates: Old Frisian hlep, Dutch loop, Old High German hlouf, German lauf); from the root of leap (v.). Leaps has been paired with bounds since at least 1720.

Wiktionary
leap

Etymology 1 n. 1 The act of leaping or jumping. 2 The distance traversed by a leap or jump. 3 (context figuratively English) A significant move forward. 4 (context mining English) A fault. 5 copulation with, or coverture of, a female beast. 6 (context music English) A passing from one note to another by an interval, especially by a long one, or by one including several other intermediate intervals. 7 (context obsolete English) A basket. 8 A weel or wicker trap for fish. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To jump. 2 (context transitive English) To pass over by a leap or jump. 3 (context transitive English) To copulate with (a female beast); to cover. 4 (context transitive English) To cause to leap. Etymology 2

alt. 1 basket 2 a trap or snare for fish 3 half a bushel n. 1 basket 2 a trap or snare for fish 3 half a bushel

WordNet
leap
  1. v. move forward by leaps and bounds; "The horse bounded across the meadow"; "The child leapt across the puddle"; "Can you jump over the fence?" [syn: jump, bound, spring]

  2. pass abruptly from one state or topic to another; "leap into fame"; "jump to a conclusion" [syn: jump]

  3. cause to jump or leap; "the trainer jumped the tiger through the hoop" [syn: jump]

  4. [also: leapt]

leap
  1. n. a light springing movement upwards or forwards [syn: leaping, spring, saltation, bound, bounce]

  2. an abrupt transition; "a successful leap from college to the major leagues" [syn: jump, saltation]

  3. a sudden and decisive increase; "a jump in attendance" [syn: jump]

  4. the distance leaped (or to be leaped); "a leap of 10 feet"

  5. [also: leapt]

Wikipedia
LEAP (programming language)

LEAP is an extension to the ALGOL 60 programming language which provides an associative memory of triples. The three items in a triple denote the association that an Attribute of an Object has a specific Value. LEAP was created by Jerome Feldman (University of California Berkeley) and Paul Rovner (MIT Lincoln Lab) in 1967. LEAP was also implemented in SAIL.

Leap (computer worm)

The Oompa-Loompa malware, also called OSX/Oomp-A or Leap.A, is an application-infecting, LAN-spreading worm for Mac OS X, discovered by the Apple security firm Intego on February 14, 2006. Leap cannot spread over the Internet, and can only spread over a local area network reachable using the Bonjour protocol. On most networks this limits it to a single IP subnet.

Leap (album)

Leap is the second album released by Drop Trio. The album debuted in 2004 and was self-released by the band. The album is noted as having been recorded entirely improvised in the studio.

Leap (education and training)

Leap was established in 2007 by University of Suffolk, Suffolk Learning and Skills Council and Suffolk County Council with funding from East of England Development Agency.

Leap is unique to Suffolk and delivers free and impartial, high quality information and signposting to everyone seeking education or training opportunities through a website. Leap also works with the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce to assist businesses hoping to improve the skills of their workforce.

LEAP

Leap may refer to:

  • Split leap, a sequence of body movements in which a person assumes a split position after leaping or jumping
  • Leap (album), a 2004 album by progressive jazz group Drop Trio
  • Leap (education and training),a project based in Suffolk, England
  • Leap (music), a melodic interval
  • Leap, County Cork, a village in Ireland
  • Leap, County Laois, a townland in County Laois, Ireland
  • Great Leap Forward, the period (1958 to 1961) of the 2nd 5-year plan in China
  • Leap Wireless, a provider of wireless services
  • Leap Motion, a motion-sensing technology (for human–computer interaction) company; 2012 devices
  • Leap Manifesto

LEAP may mean:

  • CFM International LEAP, a turbofan jet engine
  • LEAPS (finance), long-term stock options
  • LEAP programming language
  • Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, an organization of current and former police officers and other law enforcement officials that oppose drug prohibition
  • Law Enforcement Assistance Program (L.E.A.P.), a computerised system used by the Victoria Police in Australia
  • Law Enforcement Availability Pay - A US federal Law enforcement benefit
  • LEAP, ( Lightweight Exo-Atmospheric Projectile) a lightweight miniaturized kinetic kill vehicle
  • Lightweight Extensible Authentication Protocol for wireless computer networks
  • Literacy, Education and Abilities Program, a Scientology-connected group affiliated with Applied Scholastics
  • Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty, the social welfare programm of Ghana
  • Local-electrode atom probe, an atomic-resolution microscope
  • Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP), including the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP)
  • Leap2020, the Global European Anticipation Bulletin or GEAB
  • LEAP is also the ICAO code for Empuriabrava Airfield at Girona province in Spain
  • International Academy – LEAP, a high school for English Language Learners

Usage examples of "leap".

On this now leaped and twisted a more indescribable horde of human abnormality than any but a Sime or an Angarola could paint.

The musty auditorium was a dimly lit torture chamber, filled with the droning dull voice punctuated by the sharp screams of the electrified, the sea of nodding heads abob here and there with painfully leaping figures.

Land Rovers screaming around the desert, men in black kit abseiling down embassy walls, or free fallers with all the kit on, leaping into the night.

Leaping down from the broken stalagmite, Andzrel strode toward the captain who commanded them, a slender female in adamantine armor with white hair drawn up in a topknot.

Too much to hope that an afrit would leap out to grab my current master now.

Honorius the afrit leaped upon the bonnet of the car, femurs akimbo, hands on hip bones, skull cocked at a jaunty angle.

Near the centre of the formation a zone of space the size of a quark warped to an alarming degree as its mass leapt towards infinity, and the first frigate emerged.

In the instant before the arrow struck, the Alaunt twisted and leaped, snatching the arrow out of the air in his teeth.

Grinning fiercely and showering each other with blistering insults, they battled around the confines of the cave, leaping over the fire pit and threatening to trample Alec underfoot until he wisely retreated to the narrow crevice at the back.

Outfitted again, Seregil and Alec leapt onto fresh horses and galloped back to the keep.

Immediately behind them, the amphibious squadron took to the air, a rapid succession of plane after plane leaping like fish off a dock.

 Luken was surprised enough when the Animist leapt from his chair and went racing into the bar itself, but was even more surprised when, a moment later, there were shouts and screams and Alex, locked in struggle with another man, crashed down and through the grape arbor.

She whispered the words that called up the Form of the aphonic ring, shaping air and earth with them, and felt the ring leap into place around them.

The apish savages, lacking the agility to leap the streets, were greatly handicapped.

A huge, black, hairy arachnid leaped on her back and sank its fangs into her shoulder, but her mail withstood the attack.