leap year: Meaning and Definition of

leap' year"

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  1. (in the Gregorian calendar) a year that contains 366 days, with February 29 as an additional day: occurring in years whose last two digits are evenly divisible by four, except for centenary years not divisible by 400.
  2. a year containing an extra day in any calendar. Cf. common year.
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