lapse

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. passage, interval; oversight, peccadillo, error. —v. i. pass, glide away; deteriorate; err. See time, badness, reversion, descent, past.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. slip, mistake, failure; see error 1 .
v.
1. [To fail slowly]
Syn. slip, deteriorate, decline; see weaken 1 .
2. [To become void]
Syn. end, cease, terminate; see stop 2 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. slip error, fault, flub, blunder, mistake, omission, oversight, *screwup.
2. gap passage, break, pause, lull, interval, interim.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To slip from a higher or better condition to a former, usually lower or poorer one: backslide, regress, relapse, retrogress, revert. See BETTER, REPETITION. 2. To become or cause to become less active or intense: abate, bate, die (away, down, off, or out), ease (off or up), ebb, fall, fall off, let up, moderate, remit, slacken, slack off, subside, wane. See INCREASE. 3. To move smoothly, continuously, and effortlessly: glide, glissade, slide, slip, slither. See MOVE. 4. To become void, especially through passage of time or an omission: expire, run out. See CONTINUE, LAW. 5. To move past in time: elapse, go (by), pass. See TIME. II noun 1. A minor mistake: slip, slip-up. Informal: fluff. See CORRECT. 2. An act or thought that unintentionally deviates from what is correct, right, or true: erratum, error, inaccuracy, incorrectness, miscue, misstep, mistake, slip, slip-up, trip. See CORRECT. 3. A slipping from a higher or better condition to a lower or poorer one: backslide, backsliding, recidivation, recidivism, relapse. See BETTER, REPETITION.

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