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lapse


  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. 
  --Rambler. 
 
  Bacon  was  content  to  wait  the  lapse  of  long 
  centuries  for  his  expected  revenue  of  fame.  --I. 
  Taylor. 
 
  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. 
  {Lapsing}.] 
  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. 
  --Swift. 
 
  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 
  --Shak. 
 
  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. 
  --Ayliffe. 
 
  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 
  pass. 
 
  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]: 
 
  lapse 
  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: 
  {backslide}] 
  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]: 
 
  LAPSE 
 
  A  {single  assignment}  language  for  the  {Manchester  dataflow 
  machine}. 
 
  ["A  Single  Assignment  Language  for  Data  Flow  Computing", 
  J.R.W.  Glauert  M.Sc  Diss,  Victoria  U  Manchester,  1978]. 
 
  (1994-12-21) 
 
 




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