- lapsang souchong,
- lapse rate,
- lapsus calami,
- lapsus linguae
Origin of lapsed
verb (used without object), lapsed, laps·ing.
Origin of lapse
Examples from the Web for lapsed
His continued enthusiasm for his work, when most other people would have long since lapsed into retirement, was remarkable.
Evans, 31, whose eyes gleam behind a mess of blonde hair, was a formerly committed Christian whose faith had lapsed.
Sher lapsed into prayer, imploring Allah to make the executions stop.
At one point, when David was sitting with him, he lapsed into a restless sleep in which he began shouting in French.
As a lapsed Mississippian, one of the most shocking to me regarded his visit with Jefferson Davis down at Davis' home in Biloxi.Brian Bedford Interviewed on The Importance of Being Earnest|Kevin Sessums|January 22, 2011|DAILY BEAST
He lapsed into silence till they approached the end of their drive.A Young Man's Year|Anthony Hope
Some communication passed between them, but no action was taken and the matter seemed to have lapsed.The Story of Paris|Thomas Okey
Between my first offering of chocolates and my last over a quarter of a century had lapsed.The Mountebank|William J. Locke
Suddenly a deep slumberous breath, drawn close to her ear, makes her aware that her hearer has lapsed into sleep.Red as a Rose is She|Rhoda Broughton
When dessert was on the table and port took the place of champagne he lapsed into a philosophic mood.The Island Mystery|George A. Birmingham
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.