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gap

noun \ ˈgap \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of gap

1 a : a break in a barrier (such as a wall, hedge, or line of military defense)
b : an assailable position
2 a : a mountain pass
b : ravine
3 : spark gap
4 a : a separation in space
b : an incomplete or deficient area
  • a gap in her knowledge
5 : a break in continuity : hiatus
6 : a break in the vascular cylinder of a plant where a vascular trace departs from the central cylinder
7 : lack of balance : disparity
  • the gap between imports and exports
8 : a wide difference in character or attitude
  • the generation gap
9 : a problem caused by some disparity
  • a communication gap
  • credibility gap

gappy

play \ˈga-pē\ adjective

Examples of gap in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of gap

Middle English gap, gappe, borrowed from Old Norse gap "chasm, outcry," noun derivative of gapa "to 1gape"


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gap

verb

Definition of gap

gapped; gapping
transitive verb
1 : to make an opening in
2 : to adjust the space between the electrodes of (a spark plug)
intransitive verb
: to fall or stand open

Recent Examples of gap from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of gap

derivative of 1gap



GAP Defined for English Language Learners

gap

noun

Definition of gap for English Language Learners

  • : a space between two people or things

  • : a hole or space where something is missing

  • : a missing part


GAP Defined for Kids

gap

noun \ ˈgap \

Definition of gap for Students

1 : an opening made by a break or rupture
  • She squeezed through a gap in the fence.
2 : an opening between mountains
3 : a hole or space where something is missing
  • There are some gaps in his story.

Medical Dictionary

gap

noun \ ˈgap \

medical Definition of gap

: a break in continuity especially of structure : hiatus


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