American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2

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Author: Noah Webster

Leap

LEAP, v.i. [L. 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.

4. To spring; to bound; to skip; as, to leap for joy.

5. To fly; to start. Job 41.

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, v.t.

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.

LEAP, n.

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.]

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Leap," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed March 30, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LHJ9LXFV4XQ8YJP.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Leap." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 30 Mar. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LHJ9LXFV4XQ8YJP.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Leap' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 30 March 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LHJ9LXFV4XQ8YJP.