Opening meaning

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The definition of an opening is the first part in a series, a hole, or an opportunity.

An example of an opening is the first round of credits that come up at the beginning of a movie.

An example of an opening is a hole through a wall.

An example of an opening is a job for a web designer that is advertised on Craig's List.

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The act or an instance of becoming open or being made to open.

The opening of the tomb.

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A becoming open or causing to be open.
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An open place or part; hole; gap; aperture.
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A clearing in the midst of a wooded area.
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A favorable chance or occasion; opportunity.
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An unfilled position or office for which a person is wanted.
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The series of moves at the beginning of a game, often a specific, conventional sequence of moves.
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Initial or introductory.

Opening remarks.

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Present participle of open.
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An act or instance of making or becoming open.

The daily openings of the day lily bloom gives it its name.

He remembered fondly the Christmas morning opening of presents.

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Something that is open.

A salamander darted out of an opening in the rocks.

He slipped through an opening in the crowd.

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An act or instance of beginning.

There have been few factory and store openings in the US lately.

Their opening of the concert with Brass in Pocket always fires up the crowd.

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Something that is a beginning.
  • The first performance of a show or play by a particular troupe.
    They were disappointed at the turnout for their opening, but hoped that word would spread.
  • The initial period a show at an art gallery or museum is first opened, especially the first evening.
  • The first few measures of a musical composition.
  • (chess) The first few moves in a game of chess.
    John spends two hours a day studying openings, and another two hours studying endgames.
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A vacant position, especially in an array.
  • A time available in a schedule.
    If you'd like to make a booking with us, we have an opening at twelve o'clock.
    The only two-hour openings for the hockey rink are between 1AM and 5AM.
  • We have an opening in our marketing department.

Are there likely to be any openings on the Supreme Court in the next four years?

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An opportunity, as in a competitive activity.
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(cricket) Describing the first period of play, usually up to the fall of the first wicket; describing a batsman who opens the innings or a bowler who opens the attack.
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