Crossword clues for lapse
- Mental mistake
- Instance of forgetfulness
- A failure to maintain a higher state
- A break or intermission in the occurrence of something
- A mistake resulting from inattention
- Fall from grace
- Slip of the tongue
- Memory gap
- Memory failure
- Temporary decline
- Faux pas
- Expire, as a policy
- Slight error
- Fall into disuse
- Small slip
- Expire, as a membership
- Word with time or memory
- Run out
- Come to an end
- Run out, as a subscription
- Go by
- Senior moment, e.g.
- Memory glitch
- Judgment problem
- Concentration problem
- Expire, as a subscription
- Small error
- Minor failing
- Break in concentration
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Lapse \Lapse\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lapsed; p. pr. & vb. n. Lapsing.]
To pass slowly and smoothly downward, backward, or away; to slip downward, backward, or away; to glide; -- mostly restricted to figurative uses.
A tendency to lapse into the barbarity of those northern nations from whom we are descended.
Homer, in his characters of Vulcan and Thersites, has lapsed into the burlesque character.
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.
To lapse in fullness Is sorer than to lie for need.
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.
To become ineffectual or void; to fall.
If the archbishop shall not fill it up within six months ensuing, it lapses to the king.
Lapse \Lapse\, v. t.
To let slip; to permit to devolve on another; to allow to pass.
An appeal may be deserted by the appellant's lapsing the term of law.
To surprise in a fault or error; hence, to surprise or catch, as an offender. [Obs.]
For which, if be lapsed in this place, I shall pay dear.
Lapse \Lapse\ (l[a^]ps), n. [L. lapsus, fr. labi, p. p. lapsus, to slide, to fall: cf. F. laps. See Sleep.]
A gliding, slipping, or gradual falling; an unobserved or imperceptible progress or passing away,; -- restricted usually to immaterial things, or to figurative uses.
The lapse to indolence is soft and imperceptible.
Bacon was content to wait the lapse of long centuries for his expected revenue of fame.
A slip; an error; a fault; a failing in duty; a slight deviation from truth or rectitude.
To guard against those lapses and failings to which our infirmities daily expose us.
(Law) 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.
(Theol.) A fall or apostasy.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
mid-15c., "elapsing of time, expiration;" also "temporary forfeiture of a legal right," from Middle French laps "lapse," from Latin lapsus "a slipping and falling, flight (of time), falling into error," from labi "to slip, glide, fall." Meaning "moral transgression, sin" is c.1500; that of "slip of the memory" is 1520s; that of "a falling away from one's faith" is from 1650s.
early 15c., said to be from lapse (n.) or from Latin lapsare "to lose one's footing." Related: Lapsed; lapses; lapsing.
n. 1 A temporary failure; a slip. 2 A decline or fall in standards. 3 A pause in continuity. 4 An interval of time between events. 5 A termination of a right etc, through disuse or neglect. 6 (weather) A marked decrease in air temperature with increasing altitude because the ground is warmer than the surrounding air. This condition usually occurs when skies are clear and between 1100 and 1600 hours, local time. Strong convection currents exist during lapse conditions. For chemical operations, the state is defined as unstable. This condition is normally considered the most unfavorable for the release of chemical agents. See lapse rate. 7 (context legal English) A common-law rule that if the person to whom property is will#Verbed were to die before the testator, then the gift would be ineffective. 8 (context theology English) A fall or apostasy. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To fall away gradually; to subside. 2 (context intransitive English) To fall into error or heresy. 3 To slip into a bad habit that one is trying to avoid. 4 (context intransitive English) To become void. 5 To fall or pass from one proprietor to another, or from the original destination, by the omission, negligence, or failure of somebody, such as a patron or legatee.
n. a mistake resulting from inattention [syn: oversight]
a break or intermission in the occurrence of something; "a lapse of three weeks between letters"
end, at least for a long time; "The correspondence lapsed"
drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards [syn: backslide]
let slip; "He lapsed his membership"
Usage examples of "lapse".
He, therefore, who is known to have lapsed into heresy before his abjuration, if after his abjuration he receives heretics, visits them, gives or sends them presents or gifts, or shows favour to them, etc.
The second is when he has abjured al heresy in general, and yet lapses into another heresy, even if he has never before been suspected or accused of that heresy.
Adams with an animosity not diminished by the lapse of years since his defection from their party, strong in a consciousness of their own standing before their fellow citizens, the thirteen notables responded with much acrimony to Mr.
Church, not with speculations, but by demanding adherence to the old practice with regard to lapsed members.
After a time, Anele wore out his inchoate sorrow and lapsed from weeping.
For solely thus you lead to light The trailing chapters she must write, And pass my fiery test of dead Or living through the furnace-pit: Dislinked from who the softer hold In grip of brute, and brute remain: Of whom the woeful tale is told, How for one short Sultanic reign, Their bodies lapse to mould, Their souls behowl the plain.
I never came, and after a lapse of thirty-one years Veraci keeps them still.
Soul, considered as a fragment of the Universal Mind, might be said to have lapsed from its pre-eminence when parted from its source, and ceasing to form part of integral perfection.
But who was he, Enderby, to adapt a great tragedy to the limited talents, New World phonemes and intonations and slangy lapses, cecity towards the past, Pyrrhonism and so on of this weak cry of players?
To cover the lapse he fumbled in his pocket, got out a cigarillo, and lit it.
Careful not to fall in love, I pulled away from my old, dear relationship with Sota of Drehe Farmhold, gradually letting it lapse, trying not to hurt him.
I tell this to Halifax, to the two ambassadors and to the Duce, and finally I telephone to Berlin that unless the Germans advise us to the contrary we shall let the conversations lapse.
He also had an occasional lapse into echolalia, repeating his own words again and again.
Iris was Catholic if lapsed, Harold is nothing that anyone knows of, but we are being ecumenical and eirenical in dark suits.
Unchaste dreams made her often dread to sleep, as she awoke from these unconscious lapses enervated, weak, and prostrated as though she had actually transgressed.