leap

The word leap is another word for "jump," but it gives a slightly different image — one of lightness and quickness, perhaps a movement with a little more spring in it than a regular jump.

Leap comes from the Old English hlēapan, "to leap or run." The word can convey a happy feeling, as when William Wordsworth writes, "My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky." As a side note, the game of leap-frog appears to have had its beginnings in the 1590s.

Definitions of leap
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v move forward by leaps and bounds

“The child leapt across the puddle”
Synonyms:
bound, jump, spring
Types:
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pronk
jump straight up
bounce, bound, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop
spring back; spring away from an impact
burst
move suddenly, energetically, or violently
bounce
leap suddenly
capriole
perform a capriole, of horses in dressage
galumph
move around heavily and clumsily
ski jump
jump on skis
saltate
leap or skip, often in dancing
vault
bound vigorously
leapfrog
jump across
overleap, vault
jump across or leap over (an obstacle)
curvet
perform a leap where both hind legs come off the ground, of a horse
hop, hop-skip, skip
jump lightly
caper
jump about playfully
hop
make a jump forward or upward
kick, kick back, recoil
spring back, as from a forceful thrust
bound off, skip
bound off one point after another
carom
rebound after hitting
hurdle
jump a hurdle
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v jump down from an elevated point

“the widow leapt into the funeral pyre”
Synonyms:
jump, jump off
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v cause to jump or leap

Synonyms:
jump

v pass abruptly from one state or topic to another

leap into fame”
Synonyms:
jump
Type of:
change, shift, switch
lay aside, abandon, or leave for another

n a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

Synonyms:
bounce, bound, leaping, saltation, spring
Types:
caper, capriole
a playful leap or hop
pounce
the act of pouncing
Type of:
jump, jumping
the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground

n the distance leaped (or to be leaped)

“a leap of 10 feet”
Types:
elevation
(ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump
Type of:
distance
the property created by the space between two objects or points

n an abrupt transition

“a successful leap from college to the major leagues”
Synonyms:
jump, saltation
Types:
quantum jump
(physics) an abrupt transition of an electron or atom or molecule from one quantum state to another with the emission or absorption of a quantum
Type of:
transition
a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another

n a sudden and decisive increase

Synonyms:
jump
Types:
quantum jump, quantum leap
a sudden large increase or advance
Type of:
increase
a change resulting in an increase

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