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

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Seven of them are tied to non-leap years, with January 1 falling on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and so forth. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / Paranormal Definitive proof (?) that the 13th of each month will most likely fall on a Friday," 13 Apr. 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 But unlike leap years, leap seconds are not predictable in advance. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Centuries-Long Quest to Measure One Second," 24 Mar. 2017 The expression comes from Jamie Foxx, an executive producer on the series whose similar leap years ago provides a rough basis for the story. Jeremy Egner, New York Times, "Jay Pharoah on ‘White Famous,’ Culture Gaps and His Grandmother’s Meatloaf," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of leap year

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of leap year was in the 14th century

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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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