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lapse noun

1 small error

ADJ. minor | momentary, temporary | sudden | memory, mental I keep suffering these mental lapses.

VERB + LAPSE have, suffer I had a momentary lapse when I couldn't remember his name.

PREP. ~ in a lapse in attention | ~ of sudden lapses of concentration

2 bad behaviour

ADJ. curious, odd It was an odd lapse for one who is normally so polite.

3 passing of time

ADJ. brief, considerable | time

PHRASES ~ of after a considerable lapse of time a time lapse of three months