leap year


Definition of leap year

1 : a year in the Gregorian calendar containing 366 days with February 29 as the extra day
2 : an intercalary year in any calendar

Examples of leap year in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This rarely happens outside of leap years, as lunar cycles largely take 29 days to complete. Fox News, "Black Moon is coming tomorrow: What that means," 31 July 2019 That's four jars a minute, 240 an hour, 5760 a day, and a whopping 2,102,400 a year (2,108,160 in a leap year). Marci Robin, Allure, "This Classic Drugstore Cleanser Is Sold Once Every 15 Seconds," 30 June 2019 For dates in the 1900s use the number of years plus number of leap years since 1900. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Friday the 13th’," 26 Apr. 2017 Doing the same procedure for leap years does not change our maximum and minimum, which remain 3 and 1 respectively. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Friday the 13th’," 26 Apr. 2017 This fall, college football will enjoy its version of a leap year—except 14 weeks of football is a hell of a lot better than 29 days of February. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "How the Multi-Bye Week Schedule Might Shake Up the 2019 College Football Season," 6 June 2019 The 366 brief passages—including one for leap years—came straight from the King James Bible. John J. Miller, WSJ, "Abraham Lincoln’s ‘Daily Treasure’," 14 Feb. 2019 Another complication is the perpetual calendar, which displays the day, date, and month, and accounts for leap years. Cara Barrett, Town & Country, "The Newest Trend in Serious Watch Collecting? Women," 21 Sep. 2018 Those physical dynamics coupled with the fact that each calendar year always has a different number of days (think leap years), means that the first day of springs varies slightly from year to year. Alix Langone, Time, "When Is the First Day of Spring 2018? 4 Things to Know About the Equinox," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of leap year

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Leap year.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leap%20year. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of leap year

: a year of 366 days instead of 365 with February having 29 days instead of 28

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Kids Definition of leap year

: a year of 366 days with February 29 as the extra day

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