Gap Definition

găp
gapped, gapping, gaps
noun
gaps
A hole or opening, as in a wall or fence, made by breaking or parting; breach.
Webster's New World
A break in a line of defense.
American Heritage
A mountain pass, cleft, or ravine.
Webster's New World
A space between objects or points; an aperture.
A gap between his front teeth.
American Heritage
An interruption of continuity in space or time; hiatus; lacuna.
Webster's New World
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verb
To make an opening in; breach.
Webster's New World
To come apart; open.
Webster's New World
To make or adjust a space between (objects or points) or in (a device).
Gap boards on a deck; gap a spark plug.
American Heritage

To notch, as a sword or knife.

Wiktionary
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.
Wiktionary
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other
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.
Webster's New World Finance
A company’s lack of financing, such as a gap of $1 million that hasn’t been filled by investors.
Webster's New World Finance

Other Word Forms of Gap

Noun

Singular:
gap
Plural:
gaps

Origin of Gap

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old Norse chasm

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

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