n. v. lapsed, laps•ing
1) an accidental or temporary decline or deviation from an expected or accepted condition or state:
a lapse of justice[/ex]
2) a slip or error, often of a trivial sort:
a lapse of memory[/ex]
3) an interval or passage of time; elapsed period
4) a moral fall, as from rectitude or virtue
5) a fall or decline to a lower grade, condition, or degree:
a lapse into savagery[/ex]
6) the act of falling, slipping, sliding, etc., slowly or by degrees
7) a falling into disuse
8) bus termination of an insurance policy, due to nonpayment of a premium
9) law Law. the termination of a right or privilege through neglect to exercise it or through failure of some contingency
10) mer
lapse rate
11) archaic a gentle, downward flow, as of water
12) to fall or deviate from a previous standard; fail to maintain a normative level
13) to come to an end; stop:
We let our subscription lapse[/ex]
14) to fall, slip, or sink; subside:
to lapse into silence[/ex]
15) to fall into disuse:
The custom lapsed after many years[/ex]
16) to deviate or abandon principles, beliefs, etc.:
to lapse into heresy[/ex]
17) to fall spiritually, as an apostate
18) to pass away, as time; elapse
19) bus (of an insurance policy) to cease being in force; terminate
20) law Law. to become void, as a legacy to someone who dies before the testator
Etymology: 1520–30; < L lāpsus an error, slipping =lāb(ī) to slip, err +-sus, for -tus suffix of v. action laps′a•ble, laps′i•ble, adj.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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