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
  1. verb
    move forward by leaps and bounds
    “The child leapt across the puddle”
    synonyms: bound, jump, spring
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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
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    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  2. verb
    jump down from an elevated point
    “the widow leapt into the funeral pyre”
    synonyms: jump, jump off
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    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  3. verb
    cause to jump or leap
    synonyms: jump
  4. verb
    pass abruptly from one state or topic to another
    leap into fame”
    synonyms: jump
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    change, shift, switch
    lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
  5. noun
    a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
    synonyms: bounce, bound, leaping, saltation, spring
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    caper, capriole
    a playful leap or hop
    pounce
    the act of pouncing
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    jump, jumping
    the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground
  6. noun
    the distance leaped (or to be leaped)
    “a leap of 10 feet”
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    elevation
    (ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump
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    distance
    the property created by the space between two objects or points
  7. noun
    an abrupt transition
    “a successful leap from college to the major leagues”
    synonyms: jump, saltation
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    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
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    transition
    a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another
  8. noun
    a sudden and decisive increase
    synonyms: jump
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    quantum jump, quantum leap
    a sudden large increase or advance
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    increase
    a change resulting in an increase
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