Meaning of elapse

e•lapse

Pronunciation: (i-laps'), [key]
— v., n. e•lapsed, e•laps•ing,
—v.i.
  1. (of time) to slip or pass by: Thirty minutes elapsed before the performance began.
—n.
  1. the passage or termination of a period of time; lapse.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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