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gap

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noun \ˈgap\

Simple Definition of gap

  • : a space between two people or things

  • : a hole or space where something is missing

  • : a missing part

Full Definition of gap

  1. 1 a :  a break in a barrier (as a wall, hedge, or line of military defense) b :  an assailable position

  2. 2 a :  a mountain pass b :  ravine

  3. 3 :  spark gap

  4. 4 a :  a separation in space b :  an incomplete or deficient area <a gap in her knowledge>

  5. 5 :  a break in continuity :  hiatus

  6. 6 :  a break in the vascular cylinder of a plant where a vascular trace departs from the central cylinder

  7. 7 :  lack of balance :  disparity <the gap between imports and exports>

  8. 8 :  a wide difference in character or attitude <the generation gap>

  9. 9 :  a problem caused by some disparity <a communication gap> <credibility gap>

gap·py play \ˈga-pē\ adjective

Examples of gap

  1. The child had a gap between her two front teeth.

  2. The gap between the lead runner and the rest of the field continued to widen.

  3. The sheep got through a gap in the fence.

  4. There are unexplained gaps in his story.

  5. The class filled in the gaps in my knowledge of biology.

  6. She had taken several years off to raise a family, so there was a large gap in her work history.



Origin of gap

Middle English, from Old Norse, chasm, hole; akin to Old Norse gapa to gape


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with gap


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gap

verb

Definition of gap

gappedgap·ping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make an opening in

  3. 2 :  to adjust the space between the electrodes of (a spark plug)

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to fall or stand open



1879

First Known Use of gap

1879


Medical Dictionary

gap

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noun \ˈgap\

Medical Definition of gap

  1. :  a break in continuity especially of structure :  hiatus






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