elapse, lapse

elapse, lapse
Elapse, once used as a noun and a synonym for lapse, is now in standard usage as a verb only: "Ten minutes have elapsed since the fire alarm sounded." Lapse is properly used both as a noun meaning "an interval of time," "a slip or failure," and "a decline" and as a verb meaning "to cease to exist": "No one could account for the lapse between the alarm and the arrival of firemen." "I must have suffered a lapse of memory." "The policy will lapse if the premium is not paid promptly."

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  • lapse — See elapse. See elapse, lapse …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • elapse — See elapse, lapse …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • elapse — 1640s, from M.Fr. elapser, from L. elapsus, pp. of elabi slip or glide away, escape, from ex out, away (see EX (Cf. ex )) + labi to slip, glide (see LAPSE (Cf. lapse)). The noun now corresponding to elapse is LAPSE …   Etymology dictionary

  • Elapse — E*lapse , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Elapsed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Elapsing}.] [L. elapsus, p. p. of elabi to glide away; e out + labi to fall, slide. See {Lapse}.] To slip or glide away; to pass away silently, as time; used chiefly in reference to time.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lapse — [n1] mistake blunder, breach, bungle, crime, error, failing, failure, fault, flub, foible, frailty, gaff, goof, goof up*, indiscretion, miscue, negligence, offense, omission, oversight, screw up*, sin, slip, slip up, transgression, trespass,… …   New thesaurus

  • lapse — [laps] n. [L lapsus, a fall: see LAP1] 1. a slip of the tongue, pen, or memory; small error; fault 2. a) a falling away from a moral standard; moral slip b) a falling or slipping into a lower or worse condition, esp. for a short time 3 …   English World dictionary

  • elapse — [v] go by; slip away expire, flow, glide by, lapse, pass, pass away, pass by, roll by, roll on, run out, transpire, vanish; concept 6 …   New thesaurus

  • lapse — lapser, n. /laps/, n., v., lapsed, lapsing. n. 1. an accidental or temporary decline or deviation from an expected or accepted condition or state; a temporary falling or slipping from a previous standard: a lapse of justice. 2. a slip or error,… …   Universalium

  • lapse — [[t]læps[/t]] 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 …   From formal English to slang

  • lapse — Synonyms and related words: abeyance, about face, advance, alchemy, apostasy, apostatize, assimilation, assumption, atavism, atheism, atrocity, backing, backset, backslide, backsliding, backward deviation, backward motion, backward step, balk, be …   Moby Thesaurus

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