Definition of elapse in English:
- A few more moments passed in a seamless elapse of time until the deep metal sound of the ending bell was heard.
- It is also true that eight and a half years have now elapsed since the proceedings were commenced.
- As more time elapsed, my chances of survival would grow progressively slim.
late 16th century (in the sense 'slip away'): from Latin elaps- 'slipped away', from the verb elabi, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out, away' + labi 'to glide, slip'.
lapse from (Late Middle English):
Lapse is from Latin lapsus, from labi ‘to glide, slip, or fall’ reinforced by Latin lapsare ‘to slip or stumble’. Elapse (late 16th century) comes from the same root.
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