Math Definitions - Letter L

Leap Year

Definition of Leap Year

Definition of Leap Year

A leap year is a year with \(366\) days. A normal year has \(365\) days.

The extra day is added to the end of February, giving it \(29\) days in a leap year.

Leap years were introduced to compensate for the Earth taking slightly more than \(365\) days to orbit the Sun once.

We can almost say that leap years occur every four years. \(2016\) was a leap year, so \(2020\) and \(2024\) will be leap years as well.

Special things happen with years that are divisible by \(100\). They are not leap years unless the year is divisible by \(400\). So, \(1900\) was not a leap year, but \(2000\) was. \(2100\) will not be a leap year.


The aim of this dictionary is to provide definitions to common mathematical terms. Students learn a new math skill every week at school, sometimes just before they start a new skill, if they want to look at what a specific term means, this is where this dictionary will become handy and a go-to guide for a student


Year 1 to Year 12 students

Learning Objectives

Learn common math terms starting with letter L

Author: Subject Coach
Added on: 6th Feb 2018

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