Part of speech: verb

To pass gradually; glide; slip; to pass out of possession, as a title to property; become void.

Part of speech: noun

A slipping or passing away; failure; error.

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Usage examples "lapse":

  1. This estimate, after the lapse of considerably more than half a century, still, on the whole, stands good. - "Beautiful Europe - Belgium", Joseph E. Morris.
  2. Major Hockin exclaimed, and then colored with remembering that rather he should have let my lapse pass. - "Erema My Father's Sin", R. D. Blackmore.
  3. It is not possible after such a lapse of time. - "Orley Farm", Anthony Trollope.