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 42mm iteration packs a minute repeater, instantaneous perpetual calendar, mono-pusher chronograph, moon phases, leap year indication and night and day display. Nick Scott, Robb Report, 7 May 2022 The complication—one of the more difficult ones to create—keeps track of the date and has the ability to adjust for leap year, making this piece a perfect one-watch collection. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, 12 Apr. 2022 In the United States, leap year coincides with presidential election years. CNN, 15 Feb. 2022 There is a power reserve indicator at 4 o’clock, a month subdial at 6 o’clock, a retrograde leap year indicator at 7 o’clock and a date ring at 9 o’clock. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 22 Sep. 2021 These mostly occur in a very programmatic way, through the leap year rule that adds an extra day to every fourth February (except in three of every four century years), but there are also smaller, less predictable changes. Chad Orzel, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 Its functions include our, minute, second, second stop, day of the week, month and leap year display, moon phase, and Panorama Date. Matthew Catellier, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 It’s also remarkably easy to set, with individual pushers for the day, date, month and leap year phase indication. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 20 Oct. 2021 For legibility, Patek Philippe uses transparent sapphire-crystal discs with white letters for the day-of-the-week, month and leap year cycle that rotate into position in apertures with black backgrounds. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 16 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of leap year

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 May 2022

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“Leap year.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leap%20year. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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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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