Gap meaning

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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.

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An interruption of continuity in space or time; hiatus; lacuna.
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A vacant space or time.

I have a gap in my schedule next Tuesday.

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An opening through mountains; a pass.
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To make an opening or openings in.

A wall that was gapped.

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To make or adjust a space between (objects or points) or in (a device).

Gap boards on a deck; gap a spark plug.

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To be or become open.

Her coat gapped open.

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A hole or opening, as in a wall or fence, made by breaking or parting; breach.
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A mountain pass, cleft, or ravine.
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A lag or disparity between conditions, ideas, natures, etc.
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To make an opening in; breach.
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To come apart; open.
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(1) The space between blocks of data on magnetic tape.
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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.
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A company’s lack of financing, such as a gap of $1 million that hasn’t been filled by investors.
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An opening in anything made by breaking or parting.

A gap in a fence; He made a gap by kicking a weak spot.

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An opening allowing passage or entrance.

We can slip through that gap.

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An opening that implies a breach or defect.

There is a gap between the roof and the gutter.

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I'm taking a gap.

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A mountain or hill pass.

The exploring party went through the high gap in the mountains.

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(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.

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(baseball) The regions between the outfielders.

Jones doubled through the gap.

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(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.
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(Australia) (usually written as "the gap") The disparity between the indigenous and non-indigenous communities with regard to life expectancy, education, health, etc.
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To notch, as a sword or knife.
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To make an opening in; to breach.
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To check the size of a gap.

I gapped all the sparkplugs in my car then realized I used the wrong manual and had made them too small.

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A space between objects or points; an aperture.

A gap between his front teeth.

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An interruption of continuity.

A nine-minute gap in the recorded conversation; needed to fill in the gaps in her knowledge.

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A spark gap.
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Origin of gap

  • Middle English from Old Norse chasm

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old Norse gap (“chasm”), related to Old Norse gapa (“to gape”); compare gape.

    From Wiktionary