verb (used without object), e·lapsed, e·laps·ing.
Origin of elapse
Examples from the Web for elapse
He could have allowed a decent interval to elapse after the disastrous air strike, and then ordered the supply route reopened.U.S.-Pakistan Ties: Drones, Killings, Angry Words—But Now, a Thaw|Ron Moreau, Sami Yousafzai|April 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Some hours must also elapse before the hitherto tumultuous sea would go down; what should they do in the meantime?From Powder Monkey to Admiral|W.H.G. Kingston
No matter how many years may elapse they are still after the sureties and are still after the principal.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 10 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
He pronounced that six weeks at the least, perhaps two months, must elapse before Angela would be able to sit up again.The "Genius"|Theodore Dreiser
From five to six hours should elapse between meals to insure perfect digestion.Vitality Supreme|Bernarr Macfadden
From the first dawn of intelligence we draw inferences; but years elapse before we learn the use of general language.
British Dictionary definitions for elapse
Word Origin for elapse
Word Origin and History for elapse
1640s, from Middle French elapser, from Latin elapsus, past participle of elabi "slip or glide away, escape," from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + labi "to slip, glide" (see lapse (n.)). The noun now corresponding to elapse is lapse. Related: Elapsed; elapsing.