verb (used without object), lapsed, laps·ing.
Origin of lapse
Related Words for lapseoffense, failing, miscue, negligence, violation, fault, indiscretion, omission, blunder, failure, transgression, error, breach, crime, oversight, sin, interruption, lull, gap, deterioration
Examples from the Web for lapse
Contemporary Examples of lapse
That lapse was partly mitigated by the rise of blogging, which encouraged user-generated content.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
Today no one in either party would accept such a benign explanation for a lapse in security, nor should they.My Benghazi Scandal
May 15, 2014
Cezanne is full of details, too, of course, but we know that they will endure a lapse in our attention.Warhol Gives Edie Sedgwick the Evil Eye
January 8, 2014
With Black History Month looming, I decided to rectify the lapse.David's Book Club: Up From History
February 2, 2013
They can buy whatever insurance they need to get the gun, and then let it lapse.Should People Be Forced to Buy Liability Insurance for their Guns?
December 28, 2012
Historical Examples of lapse
But the lapse of a few months will confirm or dispel their fears.
It was not, however, before the lapse of several months that he succeeded.Weighed and Wanting
Discredited by lapse of time and offensive to the popular taste, as an old book.The Devil's Dictionary
Only recently, after the lapse of years, did I learn the cause of their deserting me.City of Endless Night
After the lapse of half an hour or so, the elder Chester, gaily dressed, went out.Barnaby Rudge
Word Origin for lapse
mid-15c., "elapsing of time, expiration;" also "temporary forfeiture of a legal right," from Middle French laps "lapse," from Latin lapsus "a slipping and falling, flight (of time), falling into error," from labi "to slip, glide, fall." Meaning "moral transgression, sin" is c.1500; that of "slip of the memory" is 1520s; that of "a falling away from one's faith" is from 1650s.
early 15c., said to be from lapse (n.) or from Latin lapsare "to lose one's footing." Related: Lapsed; lapses; lapsing.