- 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.
- 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 of gapMiddle English from Old Norse from gapa, to yawn, gape
transitive verbgapped, gap′ping
- 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.
verbgapped, gap·ping, gaps
- To make an opening or openings in: a wall that was gapped.
- To make or adjust a space between (objects or points) or in (a device): gap boards on a deck; gap a spark plug.
Origin of gapMiddle English from Old Norse chasm
- An opening in anything made by breaking or parting.
- a gap in a fence; He made a gap by kicking a weak spot.
- An opening allowing passage or entrance.
- We can slip through that gap.
- An opening that implies a breach or defect.
- There is a gap between the roof and the gutter.
- A vacant space or time.
- I have a gap in my schedule next Tuesday.
- A hiatus.
- I'm taking a gap.
- A mountain or hill pass.
- The exploring party went through the high gap in the mountains.
- (Sussex) A sheltered area of coast between two cliffs (mostly restricted to place names).
- At Birling Gap we can stop and go have a picnic on the beach.
- (baseball) The regions between the outfielders.
- Jones doubled through the gap.
- (Australia, for a medical or pharmacy item) The shortfall between the amount the medical insurer will pay to the service provider and the scheduled fee for the item.
- (Australia) (usually written as "the gap") The disparity between the indigenous and non-indigenous communities with regard to life expectancy, education, health, etc.
(third-person singular simple present gaps, present participle gapping, simple past and past participle gapped)
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.