KJV Dictionary Definition: 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.


LE'APING, ppr. Jumping; springing; bounding; skipping.


LE'APINGLY, adv. By leaps.