e|lapse [ıˈlæps] v [I not in progressive]
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: elapsus, past participle of elabi 'to slip away']
formal if a particular period of time elapses, it passes
Several months elapsed before his case was brought to trial.
The assignment must be completed within an overall elapsed time of one week.

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  • elapse — 1640s, from M.Fr. elapser, from L. elapsus, pp. of elabi slip or glide away, escape, from ex out, away (see EX (Cf. ex )) + labi to slip, glide (see LAPSE (Cf. lapse)). The noun now corresponding to elapse is LAPSE …   Etymology dictionary

  • Elapse — E*lapse , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Elapsed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Elapsing}.] [L. elapsus, p. p. of elabi to glide away; e out + labi to fall, slide. See {Lapse}.] To slip or glide away; to pass away silently, as time; used chiefly in reference to time.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • elapse — index expire Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • elapse — *pass, pass away, expire Analogous words: slip, *slide, glide: end, terminate (see CLOSE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • elapse — [v] go by; slip away expire, flow, glide by, lapse, pass, pass away, pass by, roll by, roll on, run out, transpire, vanish; concept 6 …   New thesaurus

  • elapse — ► VERB ▪ (of time) pass. ORIGIN Latin elabi slip away …   English terms dictionary

  • elapse — [ē laps′, ilaps′] vi. elapsed, elapsing [< L elapsus, pp. of elabi, to glide away < e , out + labi, to glide, fall: see LABOR] to slip by; pass: said of time …   English World dictionary

  • elapse — UK [ɪˈlæps] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms elapse : present tense I/you/we/they elapse he/she/it elapses present participle elapsing past tense elapsed past participle elapsed formal if time elapses, it passes Another hour elapsed and still… …   English dictionary

  • elapse — I. intransitive verb (elapsed; elapsing) Etymology: Latin elapsus, past participle of elabi, from e + labi to slip more at sleep Date: 1644 pass, go by < four years elapsed before he returned > II. noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • elapse — verb To pass or move by. He allowed a month to elapse before beginning the work …   Wiktionary

  • elapse — See elapse, lapse …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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