Lapse

Noun

  • A pause in continuity.
  • (weather) A marked decrease in air temperature with increasing altitude because the ground is warmer than the surrounding air. This condition usually occurs when skies are clear and between 1100 and 1600 hours, local time. Strong convection currents exist during lapse conditions. For chemical operations, the state is defined as unstable. This condition is normally considered the most unfavorable for the release of chemical agents. See lapse rate.
  • A decline or fall in standards.
  • A termination of a right etc, through disuse or neglect.
  • (theology) A fall or apostasy.
  • A temporary failure; a slip.
  • An interval of time between events.
  • (law) A common-law rule that if the person to whom property is willed were to die before the testator, then the gift would be ineffective.

Verb

  • (intransitive) To fall away gradually; to subside.
  • (intransitive) To become void.
  • To slip into a bad habit that one is trying to avoid.
  • (intransitive) To fall into error or heresy.
  • To fall or pass from one proprietor to another, or from the original destination, by the omission, negligence, or failure of somebody, such as a patron or legatee.

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