- (British, America) IPA: /læps/
lapse (plural lapses)
- A temporary failure; a slip.
- Synonyms: blooper, gaffe, thinko, Thesaurus:error
- A decline or fall in standards.
- A pause in continuity.
- Synonyms: hiatus, moratorium, Thesaurus:pause
- An interval of time between events.
- Synonyms: between-time, gap, Thesaurus:interim
- A termination of a right etc., through disuse or neglect.
- (meteorology) A marked decrease in air temperature with increasing altitude because the ground is warmer than the surrounding air.
- (legal) A common-law rule that if the person to whom property is will#Verb|willed were to die before the testator, then the gift would be ineffective.
- (theology) A fall or apostasy.
lapse (lapses, present participle lapsing; past and past participle lapsed)
- (intransitive) To fall away gradually; to subside.
- (intransitive) To fall into error or heresy.
- 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene vi], page 385 ↗, column 2:
- To lapſe in Fullneſſe / Is ſorer, than to lye for Neede: and Falſhood / Is worſe in Kings, than Beggers.
- To slip into a bad habit that one is trying to avoid.
- (intransitive) To become void.
- 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.