What is Lapse?
Lapse definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
an accidental or temporary decline or deviation from an expected or accepted condition or state; a temporary falling or slipping from a previous standard: a lapse of justice.
a slip or error, often of a trivial sort; failure: a lapse of memory.
an interval or passage of time; elapsed period: a lapse of ten minutes before the program resumed.
a moral fall, as from rectitude or virtue.
a fall or decline to a lower grade, condition, or degree; descent; regression: a lapse into savagery.
the act of falling, slipping, sliding, etc., slowly or by degrees.
a falling into disuse.
Insurance. discontinuance of coverage resulting from nonpayment of a premium; termination of a policy.
Law. the termination of a right or privilege through neglect to exercise it or through failure of some contingency.
Meteorology. lapse rate.
Archaic. a gentle, downward flow, as of water.
verb (used without object), lapsed, laps