They were trying to explain, not for the first time, as their weary gestures and frequent interruptions showed, what in their common language they had christened their "lapses
"; a constant source of distress to them, in the past few days, and the immediate reason why Ralph was on his way to leave the house when Katharine, listening anxiously, heard him and prevented him.
But the amount of denudation which the strata have in many places suffered, independently of the rate of accumulation of the degraded matter, probably offers the best evidence of the lapse of time.
I have made these few remarks because it is highly important for us to gain some notion, however imperfect, of the lapse of years.
Although each formation may mark a very long lapse of years, each perhaps is short compared with the period requisite to change one species into another.
It is an excellent lesson to reflect on the ascertained amount of migration of the inhabitants of Europe during the Glacial period, which forms only a part of one whole geological period; and likewise to reflect on the great changes of level, on the inordinately great change of climate, on the prodigious lapse of time, all included within this same glacial period.
Many instances could be given of beds only a few feet in thickness, representing formations, elsewhere thousands of feet in thickness, and which must have required an enormous period for their accumulation; yet no one ignorant of this fact would have suspected the vast lapse of time represented by the thinner formation.
For example, I myself should have hesitated, at such a season of rejoicing, to seem proud, even though excessive deference and civility at such a moment might have been construed as a lapse
both of moral courage and of mental vigour.
The person so employed marks the lapse
of time by the number of nuts consumed, which is easily learned by counting the bits of tappa distributed at regular intervals along the string.
She would be able to look at them, and think not only that d'Urberville, like Babylon, had fallen, but that the individual innocence of a humble descendant could 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 since Lord Lydiard's death had left her at liberty to dress as she pleased.
People on weight loss plans often experience lapses
, which can prevent successful weight loss or even lead to weight regain, according to the study published in the journal, 'Translational Behavioural Medicine'.