[ verb ] move forward by leaps and bounds
"The horse bounded across the meadow" "The child leapt across the puddle" "Can you jump over the fence?"
Used in print(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)
We leap from event to event - including the formation of the posse - even though the events , in `` reality '' are taking_place not in sequence but simultaneously , and not near each other but at a considerable distance .(David Stacton, The Judges of the Secret Court....)
The figure leapt from the box , almost lost its balance , the flag draped there tore in the air , the figure landed on its left leg , fell on its hands , and pressed itself up .(Louis Zara, Dark Rider....)
Stevie twisted and , frantically , commanded the mare to leap straight ahead .(Howard Fast, April Morning....)
Half crazed by the weight dragging , the dust , and the heat , the horse leaped our wall , dashing out the rider 's brains against it , and leaving him lying there among us - while the horse crashed away through the brush .(James Thurber, "The Future, If Any, of Comedy,"...)
I'm not pleading for the heart that leaps up when it beholds a rainbow in the sky , or for the heart that with rapture fills and dances with the daffodils .
[ noun ] a light springing movement upwards or forwards
Used in print(E. Lucas Myers, "The Vindication of Dr. Nestor,"...)
Eyes swerved in the patronne 's head , Alex coughed loudly , and the doctor , with a sforzando of chicken noises floating behind him , took to the stairs in long_shanked leaps .(Hampton Stone, The Man Who Looked Death...)
Having volunteered that he was a man of about sixty , he bounded up_the_stairs and with each leap rendered the number less credible .
[ noun ] an abrupt transition
"a successful leap from college to the major leagues"
Used in print(John Harnsberger and Robert P. Wilkins,...)
Thus at the same time that William_Henry_Harrison was preparing to pacify the aborigines of Indiana_Territory and winning fame at the battle of Tippecanoe , Anglo-Saxon settlement made a great leap into the center of the North_American continent to the west of the American agricultural frontier .(Robert E. Lane, The Liberties of Wit: Humanism, Critici...)
But to go from here to the belief that those more sensitive to metaphor and language will also be more sensitive to personal differences is too great an inferential leap .
[ verb ] pass abruptly from one state or topic to another
"leap into fame" "jump to a conclusion"
Used in print(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)
Why did Prokofieff expand in stature and fecundity , while Stravinsky ( who leaped into fame like a young giant ) dwindled in stature and fruitfulness ?
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 28740