open·ing noun \ˈōp-niŋ, ˈō-pə-\
: a hole or empty space that you can go through
: the first part of something
: the first time that something happens
a : an act or instance of making or becoming open
b : an act or instance of beginning : commencement; especially : a formal and usually public event by which something new is put officially into operation
: something that is open: as
a (1) : breach, aperture (2) : an open width : span
b : an area without trees or with scattered usually mature trees that occurs as a break in a forest
c : two pages that face one another in a book
: something that constitutes a beginning: as
a : a usually planned series of moves made at the beginning of a game of chess or checkers — compare endgame, middle game
b : a first performance
Examples of OPENING
- the opening of a cave
- They squeezed through a narrow opening between the fence and an oak tree.
- The enemy's troops poured through an opening in our defenses.
- We went to the play's opening.
First Known Use of OPENING
open·ing noun \ˈōp-(ə-)niŋ\ (Medical Dictionary)
: an act or instance of making or becoming open
: something (as an anatomical aperture) that is open or opens
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