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Leap, vb. (impf. and partic. leaped; leapt in All's II, 5, 40, according to F1) 1) intr. a) to spring upwards, to rise from the ground with a bound: “l. upright,” Lr. IV, 6, 27. Used of one springing on a horse: H5 V, 2, 145. “the Moor hath --ed into my seat,” Oth. II, 1, 305. With over: “a hot temper --s over a cold decree,” Merch. I, 2, 20. H6A II, 2, 25. H6B II, 1, 144. == to skip, to pass over: “as the year had found some months asleep and --ed them over,” H4B IV, 4, 124. “our play --s o'er the firstlings of those broils,” H4B IV, 4, 124.
b) to spring down: Lucr. 169. Tp. I, 2, 214. All's II, 5, 40. IV, 1, 60. John IV, 3, 1. H4B I, 3, 33. Tit. II, 3, 247. Rom. IV, 1, 77. Hml. V, 1, 301. Per. II, 4, 43. “to l. in:” Caes. I, 2, 103. V, 5, 24.
c) to skip, to bound: “imperiously he --s,” Ven. 265. “curvets and --s,” Ven. 265 “she --s that was but late forlorn,” Ven. 265 Sonn. 98, 4. 128, 5. Pilgr. 377. LLL IV, 3, 148. V, 2, 291. Merch. I, 1, 49. R2 II, 4, 12.
d) to move in bounds: “to Windsor chimneys shalt thou l.” Wiv. V, 5, 47. “made the lame to l.” H6B II, 1, 162. “Romeo l. to these arms,” Rom. III, 2, 7. “l. thou to my heart,” Ant. IV, 8, 14. Hence == to be extremely desirous: “our master will l. to be his friend,” Ant. III, 13, 51. “my heart --s to be gone into my mother's bosom,” Per. V, 3, 45.
e) to rush, to start, to fly: “from their dark beds once more l. her eyes,” Ven. 1050 (or rather literally == spring from their beds, as in Lucr. 169). “ready to l. out of himself for joy,” Wint. V, 2, 54. “as if ruin --ed from his eyes,” H8 III, 2, 206.
2) trans. a) to spring over: “to l. large lengths of miles,” Sonn. 44, 10. “l. all civil bounds,” Tw. I, 4, 21. “--ed this orchard wall,” Rom. II, 1, 5. “dogs l. the hatch,” Lr. III, 6, 76.
b) to copulate with: “such strange bull --ed your father's cow,” Ado V, 4, 49.
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