delapse

intransitive verb de·lapse \də̇ˈlaps, dēˈ-\

Definition of delapse

archaic

  1. :  to slip down :  descend, lapse

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of delapse

Latin delapsus, past participle of delabi to descend, slip down, from de- + labi to slide — more at sleep


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up delapse? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a trip made at another's expense

Get Word of the Day daily email!