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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lapse  \Lapse\,  n.  [L.  lapsus  fr  labi,  p.  p.  lapsus  to  slide, 
  to  fall:  cf  F.  laps.  See  {Sleep}.] 
  1.  A  gliding,  slipping,  or  gradual  falling;  an  unobserved  or 
  imperceptible  progress  or  passing  away,;  --  restricted 
  usually  to  immaterial  things  or  to  figurative  uses. 
  The  lapse  to  indolence  is  soft  and  imperceptible. 
  Bacon  was  content  to  wait  the  lapse  of  long 
  centuries  for  his  expected  revenue  of  fame.  --I. 
  2.  A  slip;  an  error;  a  fault;  a  failing  in  duty;  a  slight 
  deviation  from  truth  or  rectitude. 
  To  guard  against  those  lapses  and  failings  to  which 
  our  infirmities  daily  expose  us  --Rogers. 
  3.  (Law)  The  termination  of  a  right  or  privilege  through 
  neglect  to  exercise  it  within  the  limited  time,  or  through 
  failure  of  some  contingency;  hence  the  devolution  of  a 
  right  or  privilege. 
  4.  (Theol.)  A  fall  or  apostasy. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lapse  \Lapse\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Lapsed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  1.  To  pass  slowly  and  smoothly  downward,  backward,  or  away 
  to  slip  downward,  backward,  or  away  to  glide;  --  mostly 
  restricted  to  figurative  uses. 
  A  tendency  to  lapse  into  the  barbarity  of  those 
  northern  nations  from  whom  we  are  descended. 
  Homer,  in  his  characters  of  Vulcan  and  Thersites 
  has  lapsed  into  the  burlesque  character.  --Addison. 
  2.  To  slide  or  slip  in  moral  conduct;  to  fail  in  duty;  to 
  fall  from  virtue;  to  deviate  from  rectitude;  to  commit  a 
  fault  by  inadvertence  or  mistake. 
  To  lapse  in  fullness  Is  sorer  than  to  lie  for  need 
  3.  (Law) 
  a  To  fall  or  pass  from  one  proprietor  to  another,  or 
  from  the  original  destination,  by  the  omission, 
  negligence,  or  failure  of  some  one  as  a  patron,  a 
  legatee,  etc 
  b  To  become  ineffectual  or  void;  to  fall. 
  If  the  archbishop  shall  not  fill  it  up  within 
  six  months  ensuing,  it  lapses  to  the  king. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lapse  \Lapse\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  let  slip;  to  permit  to  devolve  on  another;  to  allow  to 
  An  appeal  may  be  deserted  by  the  appellant's  lapsing 
  the  term  of  law.  --Ayliffe. 
  2.  To  surprise  in  a  fault  or  error;  hence  to  surprise  or 
  catch,  as  an  offender.  [Obs.] 
  For  which  if  be  lapsed  in  this  place  I  shall  pay 
  dear.  --Shak. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  mistake  resulting  from  inattention  [syn:  {oversight}] 
  2:  a  break  or  intermission  in  the  occurrence  of  something  "a 
  lapse  of  three  weeks  between  letters" 
  3:  a  failure  to  maintain  a  higher  state  [syn:  {backsliding},  {lapsing}, 
  {recidivism},  {relapse},  {relapsing},  {reversion},  {reverting}] 
  v  1:  pass  into  a  specified  state  or  condition:  "He  sank  into 
  Nirvana"  [syn:  {sink},  {pass}] 
  2:  end  at  least  for  a  long  time;  "The  correspondence  lapsed" 
  3:  drop  to  a  lower  level;  as  in  one's  morals  or  standards  [syn: 
  4:  go  back  to  bad  behavior;  "Those  who  recidivate  are  often 
  minor  criminals"  [syn:  {relapse},  {recidivate},  {regress}, 
  {retrogress},  {fall  back}] 
  5:  let  slip;  "He  lapsed  his  membership" 
  6:  pass  by  as  of  time  [syn:  {elapse},  {pass},  {slip  by},  {glide 
  by},  {slip  away},  {go  by},  {slide  by},  {go  along}] 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  A  {single  assignment}  language  for  the  {Manchester  dataflow 
  ["A  Single  Assignment  Language  for  Data  Flow  Computing", 
  J.R.W.  Glauert  M.Sc  Diss,  Victoria  U  Manchester,  1978]. 

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