- The definition of a gap is a hole, opening or space between two solid objects or surfaces or in something solid.
- An example of a gap is a missing wood post in a fence.
- An example of a gap is the space between a wall and a piece of furniture.
gap definition by Webster's New World
- a hole or opening, as in a wall or fence, made by breaking or parting; breach
- a mountain pass, cleft, or ravine
- an interruption of continuity in space or time; hiatus; lacuna
- a lag or disparity between conditions, ideas, natures, etc.
- spark gap
Origin: Middle English ; from Old Norse ; from gapa, to yawn, gape
gap definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. An opening in a solid structure or surface; a cleft or breach: wriggled through a gap in the fence; a large gap in the wall where the artillery shell had exploded.b. A break in a line of defense.
- An opening through mountains; a pass.
- A space between objects or points; an aperture: a gap between his front teeth.
- An interruption of continuity: a nine-minute gap in the recorded conversation; needed to fill in the gaps in her knowledge.
- a. A conspicuous difference or imbalance; a disparity: a gap between revenue and spending; the widening gap between rich and poor.b. A problematic situation resulting from such a disparity: the budget gap; the technology gap.
- A spark gap.
- Computer Science An absence of information on a recording medium, often used to signal the end of a segment of information.
- Electronics The distance between the head of a recording device and the surface of the recording medium.
Origin: Middle English, from Old Norse, chasm.
gap - Computer Definition
(1) The space between blocks of data on magnetic tape.
(2) The space in a read/write head over which magnetic flux (energy) flows causing the underlying magnetic tape or disk surface to become magnetized in the corresponding direction.
gap - Investment & Finance Definition
- In trading terms, the price movement when the opening price of a trading day is higher or lower than the previous day’s level, which leaves a gap on the price chart. In that situation, a stock or futures contract is said to gap open lower or higher.
- A company’s lack of financing, such as a gap of $1 million that hasn’t been filled by investors.
gap - Medical Definition
- An opening in a structure or surface; a cleft or breach.
- An interval or discontinuity in any series or sequence.