verb (used without object), lapsed, laps·ing.
- lapsang souchong,
- lapse rate,
Origin of lapse
Examples from the Web for lapse
That lapse was partly mitigated by the rise of blogging, which encouraged user-generated content.
Today no one in either party would accept such a benign explanation for a lapse in security, nor should they.
Cezanne is full of details, too, of course, but we know that they will endure a lapse in our attention.
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?|Megan McArdle|December 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The president has said he would allow those tax cuts to lapse, at least for high income levels.
Lora knew that his spirit would have to become the Watcher of Graves till such time as another soul should lapse into the silence.Pharais and The Mountain Lovers|Fiona Macleod
In our country, especially in the Middle West, everybody watches everybody else for the least lapse in the democratic spirit.Tramping on Life|Harry Kemp
That lapse of certainty marked a difference in their relations.The Creators|May Sinclair
This is all true of Christianity; the lapse of years, instead of injuring it, has only brought out its power.
After the lapse of half an hour, he heard the carriage roll away with his wife and niece.File No. 113|Emile Gaboriau
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.