What does the word elapse mean?

Usage examples for elapse

  1. No matter what time may elapse, or what may happen in the time, you believe my marriage with Mary is still a marriage delayed, and nothing more?" – The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins
  2. In probability Mary will be at Southampton Row this morning, and something of that kind be matured between you; but in any case not many hours shall elapse before I shake you by the hand. – Charles Lamb by Barry Cornwall
  3. He had said that at least a month must elapse before it would be safe to make an attempt to leave Paris. – The Light That Lures by Percy Brebner