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Leap appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Sal, leap to hot paellas!
  • Did a bare vocal leap at a paella cover a bad ID?
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The word leap is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun leap

What does leap mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: leaps

  1. a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
  2. an abrupt transition
    • example: a successful leap from college to the major leagues
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonyms of leap: jump / saltation
    • more generic word: transition = a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another
    • more specific term: quantum jump = an abrupt transition of an electron or atom or molecule from one quantum state to another with the emission or absorption of a quantum
  3. a sudden and decisive increase
  4. the distance leaped (or to be leaped)
    • example: a leap of 10 feet
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: distance = the property created by the space between two objects or points
    • more specific word: elevation = the height of a dancer's leap or jump

Alternative definition of the noun leap


  1. The act of leaping or jumping.
  2. The distance traversed by a leap or jump.
  3. [figuratively] A significant move forward.

Definition of the verb leap

What does leap mean as a doing word?

Leap is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

 simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
primarily used in British Englishleaptleaptleapingleaps

  1. move forward by leaps and bounds
  2. pass abruptly from one state or topic to another
    • example: leap into fame
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of leap: jump
    • more generic words: change / shift / switch = lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
  3. jump down from an elevated point
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of leap: jump / jump off
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  4. cause to jump or leap
    • example: The men leap the horses across the field
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of leap: jump
    • cause: bound / jump / spring

Alternative definition of the verb leap


  1. [intransitive] To jump from one location to another.


  1. Leap is a fictional character from the anime series Kero Kero Chime.
  2. Leap is a fictional film character.
  3. Leap is a fictional character from the 2009 film Vanished.

There are other characters with in their name, like Leap Frog and Leap-Frog.


  1. "Leap" is the second album released by Drop Trio. The album debuted in 2004 and was self-released by the band. The album is noted as having been recorded entirely improvised in the studio.
  2. "LEAP" is a composition.
  3. "Leap" is a musical album of Cabinet.
    • released on
  4. "Leap" is a musical album of Spiral of Silence.


  1. "Leap" is a book by Terry Tempest Williams & Jason Cooney Walther.
    • genres: Biography, Autobiography, Speculative fiction
    • subjects: Christian denomination, Protestantism, Philosophy, Literary, Religion, Woman, Christianity
    • copyright: 2006-04-01
  2. "Leap" is a book by Elizabeth Haukaas.
  3. "LEAP" is a book by Paul Raskin.
    • also known as "LEAP: a description of the LDC Energy Alternatives Planning System"
  4. "Leap" is a book by Claire Bateman.


"Leap" is a film, directed by Tom DeWitt.


"Leap" is a video game.

  • genre: Strategy video game
  • publishers: Code Works, The


  1. Leap: The Oompa-Loompa malware, also called OSX/Oomp-A or Leap.A, is an application-infecting, LAN-spreading worm for Mac OS X, discovered by the Apple security firm Intego on February 14, 2006. Leap cannot spread over the Internet, and can only spread over a local area network reachable using the Bonjour protocol. On most networks this limits it to a single IP subnet.
  2. Leap was established in 2007 by University Campus Suffolk, Suffolk Learning and Skills Council and Suffolk County Council with funding from East of England Development Agency and is the umbrella brand for education and training providers in Suffolk.
  3. LEAP a.k.a. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a 5013 non-profit, international, educational organization comprising former and current police officers, government agents and other law enforcement agents who oppose the current War on Drugs. LEAP was founded on March 16, 2002 by five police officers. It is modeled after Vietnam Veterans Against the War, an organization which earned its credibility by utilizing speakers who had been on the frontlines of the war they later denounced. LEAP now has more than 100,000 members and supporters, approximately 5,000 of whom are from law enforcement, though many choose to remain anonymous. There are 148 speakers living in thirty-five different states in the United States and sixteen other countries. As of January 2014 LEAP has members and supporters in 190 countries.
  4. LEAP is an extension to the ALGOL 60 programming language which provides an associative memory of triples. The three items in a triple denote the association that an Attribute of an Object has a specific Value. LEAP was created by Jerome Feldman and Paul Rovner in 1967. LEAP was also implemented in SAIL.

Phrases with Leap

Phrases starting with the word Leap:

  1. leap day
  2. leap out
  3. Leap Frog
  4. leap year
  5. Leap-Year
  6. leap second
  7. Leap to Mind
  8. Leap Of Faith
  9. Leap-of-Faith
  10. Leap in the Dark

Phrases ending with the word Leap:

  1. to leap
  2. quantum leap
  3. Look before you leap

Other phrases containing the word Leap:

  1. Great Leap Forward
  2. One Small Step For Man, One Giant Leap For Mankind

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Leap

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Google previewEmbracing Eternity (2008)

The Life Force Does Not Die

A LEAP is a death, in that every shift in awareness, in energy or in degree of light is a death. The more practiced and conscious the dying being is, the cleaner and more powerful and more lasting the death LEAP. The eight-part death-LEAP ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Theories of the Universe (2002)

by Gary Moring

Universal Constants A quantum leap is a discontinuous transition between quantum states. What this means...

A quantum leap is the transition from one state to the next state, the same as a child jumping from the first stair to the second stair.

Google previewThe Body's Recollection of Being (2002)

Phenomenological Psychology and the Deconstruction of Nihilism by David Michael Levin

The leap is the comingtopassof the existentially individuating and differentiating decision to span withour guardian...

Google previewThe Zen Doctrine of No Mind (1991)

The Significance of the Sutra of Hui-Neng by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

The logical leap is that the ordinary process of reasoning stops short, and what has been considered irrational is perceived to be perfectly natural, while the psychological leap is that the borders of consciousness are overstepped and one is ...

Google previewEndings are Beginnings (2008)

by Angela deAngelis

A leap is a movement from one dimension to the next, one that is usually best and most efficiently brought about when consciously constructed.

Google previewKierkegaard's Concept of Faith (2014)

by Merold Westphal

The second point Climacus finds in Lessing on the leap is that it is risky. Earlier we encountered this risk under the image of being ...

Google previewCompTIA Security+ SY0-401 Exam Cram (2015)

by Diane Barrett, Martin Weiss, Kirk Hausman

LEAP is a proprietary EAP method because it requires the use of a Cisco AP. It features mutual authentication; secure session key derivation; and dynamic per- user, per-session WEP keys. However, because it uses unencrypted challenges ...

Google previewWarDriving and Wireless Penetration Testing (2007)

by Chris Hurley, Russ Rogers, Frank Thornton

Attacks Against LEAP Cisco's proprietary LEAP is a proprietary authentication ...

Google previewDiscovering the musical mind (2013)

A view of creativity as learning by Jeanne Bamberger

And the final logical leap is that since the two pairs are functionally equivalent, either one pair or the other plus the single 5 bell is enough, and that makes just three bells in all. Looking back at the sequence of events in this phase of Brad's ...

Google previewMiklós Rózsa's Ben-Hur (2011)

A Film Score Guide by Roger Hickman

the motive resembles the second phrase of the Christ theme (the initial leap is a fourth rather than a fifth). Since this countermotive is used in the music representing both Esther and Balthazar, it provides an important ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Numeral Words, by which All Difficulty in the Remembrance of Figures is Removed (1829)

With an Explanation of the Plan by William Henry Crook (LL.D.)

Leap we.

Google previewA Dictionary of Similes (1917)

by Frank Jenners Wilstach

Leap. Leap like a cock at a blackberry. — Anon. leaps, like happy hearts by holiday made light.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Marine Mammals (2009)

by William F. Perrin, Bernd Würsig, J.G.M. Thewissen

Finally, there is the “showy” acrobatic leap that consists of spins, somersaults, and various in-air twists. Frame-by-frame analysis of high-speed photographs shows that dolphins control these acrobatics to within split-second timing, affecting ...

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Usage statistics about leap

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Quotes about Leap

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark. (Agnes de Mille)
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Scrabble value of L1E1A1P3

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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