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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun lapse:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb lapse:


Definition of the noun lapse

What does lapse mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: lapses

  1. a mistake resulting from inattention
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of lapse: oversight
    • more generic words: error / fault / mistake = a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
  2. a break or intermission in the occurrence of something
    • example: a lapse of three weeks between letters
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic words: break / intermission / interruption / pause / suspension = a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  3. a failure to maintain a higher state

Alternative definition of the noun lapse


  1. A temporary failure; a slip.
  2. A decline or fall in standards.
  3. A pause in continuity.
  4. An interval of time between events.
  5. A termination of a right etc, through disuse or neglect.
  6. (weather) A marked decrease in air temperature with increasing altitude because the ground is warmer than the surrounding air. This condition usually occurs when skies are clear and between 1100 and 1600 hours, local time. Strong convection currents exist during lapse conditions. For chemical operations, the state is defined as unstable. This condition is normally considered the most unfavorable for the release of chemical agents. See lapse rate.
  7. [legal] A common-law rule that if the person to whom property is willed were to die before the testator, then the gift would be ineffective.

Definition of the verb lapse

What does lapse mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: lapsed | lapsing | lapses

  1. pass into a specified state or condition
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of lapse: pass / sink
    • more generic word: move = go or proceed from one point to another
  2. end, at least for a long time
    • example: The correspondence lapsed
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      there [Verb] from [Source] [Theme]There vanished from the library a valuable manuscript
      [Theme] [Verb]The crowd vanished

      Verbs of Disappearance (with the same syntax): die, disappear, expire, perish, vanish.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: cease / end / finish / stop / terminate = have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense
  3. drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards
  4. go back to bad behavior
  5. let slip
  6. pass by

Alternative definition of the verb lapse


  1. [intransitive] To fall away gradually; to subside
  2. [intransitive] To fall into error or heresy
  3. To slip into a bad habit that one is trying to avoid.
  4. [intransitive] To become void


Lapse a.k.a. The Lapse was an American indie band formed in late 1997. The band was first signed to Gern Blandsten, then Southern Records. The Lapse was the duo of then boyfriend/girlfriend Chris Leo and Toko Yasuda. They formed The Lapse after the breakup of their previous band, The Van Pelt. The Lapse had Leo on guitar and Yasuda on bass with both handling vocals.


  1. "Lapse" is a musical album of Instincts.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  2. "Lapse" is a musical album of To Release.
    • released on
  3. "Lapse" is a musical EP of Pulse Bizarre.


"Lapse" is a 2013 short, animation, adventure, fantasy film, written and directed by Jahaira Torres.

Phrases with Lapse

  1. Lapse rate
  2. Adiabatic Lapse Rate
  3. Anti-Lapse
  4. Time-lapse

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Lapse

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Google previewTextbook of Diabetes (2011)

by Richard I. G. Holt, Clive Cockram, Allan Flyvbjerg, Barry J. Goldstein

A common lapse is the omission or reduction of insulin during episodes with impaired well- being and poor appetite. Persistent ketosis should be treated with extra insulin, fluid and carbohydrate, when necessary. Furthermore, it is very ...

Google previewThe Big Picture (2009)

Filmmaking Lessons from a Life on the Set by Tom Reilly

Regardless of whether the time lapse is a flashback or a flash-forward, short or long, there are a number of possible ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of World Climatology (2008)

by John E. Oliver

Thus the moist adiabatic lapse rate (or pseudo-adiabatic since it is not truly adiabatic) is less than the dry rate due to the added heat. Following Byers (1959): dT L Cr dw. Evaporating an amount of liquid water dw produces an amount of vapor ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Climate and Weather (2011)

by Dr. Stephen H. Schneider, Dr. Michael Mastrandrea, Terry L. Root

While beneath the base of a convective cloud a parcel of rising air cools at the dry adiabatic lapse rate, within the cloud the addition of latent heat must be considered, ...

Google previewDictionary of the English Church, Ancient and Modern (1881)

by Thomas Moore

"LANTERN— LAPSE 261 LANTERN. In Gothic architecture the term usually signifies a tower, which has the whole, or a considerable portion, of the interior open to view from the ground, and is lighted by an upper tier of windows ; lantern ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1890)

by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland

A benefice is said to lapse when the patron does not exercise the right of presentment within six calendar months after the avoidance of the benefice. In such case there is a devolution of the rights of patronage from a neglectful patron to the ...

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Lapse Meaning

Video shows what lapse means. A temporary failure; a slip.. A decline or fall in standards.. A pause in continuity.. lapse synonyms: blooper, blunder, boo-boo, ...

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Quotes about Lapse

Time crumbles things everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time. (Aristotle)
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Scrabble value of L1A1P3S1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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