lapse


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lapse

Law the termination of some right, interest, or privilege, as by neglecting to exercise it or through failure of some contingency

LAPSE

(language)
A single assignment language for the Manchester dataflow machine.

["A Single Assignment Language for Data Flow Computing", J.R.W. Glauert, M.Sc Diss, Victoria U Manchester, 1978].
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For my own part, after the lapse of a few days I became accustomed to its singular flavour, and grew remarkably fond of it.
If the lapse was on her side it took the form of gradual detachment until she became completely absorbed in her own thoughts, which carried her away with such intensity that she sharply resented any recall to her companion's side.
Allowing the case against marriage to lapse, he began to consider the peculiarities of character which had led to her saying that.
Their ardor alternated between a vague ideal and the common yearning of womanhood; so that the one was disapproved as extravagance, and the other condemned as a lapse.
Bertha Shirley had possessed the gift of writing letters which embodied the charming personality of the writer in words and thoughts that retained their beauty and fragrance after the lapse of time.
The lapse of time since Lord Lydiard's death had left her at liberty to dress as she pleased.
Troy registered the lapse of time by a glance at the watch on his desk, and then waited to hear what his client had to say to him.
Whatever may have been his thoughts, they so possessed him that he observed neither the lapse of time nor whither his feet were carrying him; he knew only that he had passed far beyond the town limits and was traversing a lonely region by a road that bore no resemblance to the one by which he had left the village.
If these discoveries had been made after a lapse of sixteen centuries, under a layer of dust and ashes on a large scale, surely we might hope to meet with similar cases of preservation, after a lapse of three or four years only, under a layer of dust and ashes on a small scale.
The one chance on which the discovery of Arnold's position depended, was the chance that accident might reveal the truth in the lapse of time.
At the expiration of the first month the well had attained the depth assigned for that lapse of time, namely, 112 feet.
On the absence of intermediate varieties at the present day -- On the nature of extinct intermediate varieties; on their number -- On the vast lapse of time, as inferred from the rate of deposition and of denudation -- On the poorness of our palaeontological collections -- On the intermittence of geological formations -- On the absence of intermediate varieties in any one formation -- On the sudden appearance of groups of species -- On their sudden appearance in the lowest known fossiliferous strata.