gap

noun
\ ˈgap \

Definition of gap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a break in a barrier (such as a wall, hedge, or line of military defense)
b : an assailable position
2a : a mountain pass
b : ravine
3 : spark gap
4a : 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

gap

verb
gapped; gapping

Definition of gap (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from gap

Noun

gappy \ ˈga-​pē \ adjective

Examples of gap in a Sentence

Noun

The child had a gap between her two front teeth. The gap between the lead runner and the rest of the field continued to widen. The sheep got through a gap in the fence. There are unexplained gaps in his story. The class filled in the gaps in my knowledge of biology. She had taken several years off to raise a family, so there was a large gap in her work history.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There is also a growing gap in mortality rates based on socioeconomic status. Korin Miller, SELF, "Cancer Deaths Have Declined 27 Percent in 25 Years, But Not Everyone Is Seeing the Same Benefit," 8 Jan. 2019 In some cases, like aluminum, there's a huge gap in price between recycled material and freshly produced metal. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 It’s being made for future fans who discover the show on streaming — and thus won’t face the same problem of a seven-month gap between the season two finale and the wrap-up movie. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why more TV shows should do year-end Christmas specials," 23 Dec. 2018 Pre-retirement seniors face a big wealth gap The report found a big difference between today’s retired population, and the current over-50 demographic. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Senior housing: Older Americans face affordability, accessibility challenges," 14 Nov. 2018 Mr Sharif’s absence from the campaign trail seems to have hurt the PML-N. The latest sounding by Gallup, a polling firm, suggests the PTI has closed a previously sizeable gap and is now level pegging with Mr Sharif’s party. The Economist, "Pakistan’s former prime minister embraces jail to rally his party," 12 July 2018 The decision, by a 15-4 vote, came as the board grappled with how to close a nearly $50 million budget gap. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "Pa. state universities to hike tuition nearly 3 percent," 12 July 2018 The United Nationals Population Fund, UNFPA Supplies, is predicting a $700 million funding gap over the next three years that could halt support to 46 countries with modern contraceptives if the money is not raised. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, "World Population Day: Family planning is a human right — but it comes at a cost," 10 July 2018 Meanwhile, no other team has a gap of more than five between their actual record and their BaseRuns. SI.com, "The American League Controls the Top and Bottom Tiers of Our Power Rankings," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Specifically, Western participants expected widened eyes and gaping mouths, while East Asian participant’s ideas culminated in a slight, tight-lipped smile. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "How orgasm faces differ between people from Eastern and Western cultures," 9 Oct. 2018 The agency's own studies have found some its security measures have gaping holes. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Passenger Accidentally Brought Firearm on Flight, TSA Confirms," 14 Jan. 2019 Once inside the show, there’s a collection of skulls mounted like hunting trophies in an explorer’s den and gaping hungrily. Mark Washburn, charlotteobserver, "The Dinosaur King in the Queen City? Charlotte kids might not believe the size of this experience | Charlotte Observer," 25 May 2018 The Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) has been minding the skills gap for more than 30 years, sensing an enormous opportunity to help low-income Chicagoans compete for employment in the trades. Libby Berry, Chicago Reader, "Women are forging a space of their own in Chicago’s manufacturing industry," 18 Jan. 2018 In the cold of an Antarctic night, the group corners and confronts a mutated imitation of their pal Bennings, its eyes wide and mouth gaping. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Who Goes There?: The Thing returns to the tabletop," 18 Aug. 2018 That forecast appeared to suggest that low unemployment and a gaping federal budget deficit in the wake of President Donald Trump's tax cuts would finally keep inflation at or above the Fed's annual 2 percent target rate. chicagotribune.com, "Weak pay growth puzzles Fed chief, just like everyone else," 14 June 2018 The retirement of the four Iowas left a gaping hole in the U.S. Navy’s ability to provide fire support for the Marine Corps during amphibious landings. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As the Final Zumwalt-Class Stealth Destroyer Launches, the Ships’ Fate Remains Unclear," 11 Dec. 2018 Additionally, other astronomers have found planets surrounded by large discs of materials, which have gaping holes in them. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Astronomers may have discovered the first moon ever found outside our Solar System," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of gap

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1879, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for gap

Noun

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

Verb

derivative of gap entry 1

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gap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gap

: a space between two people or things
: a hole or space where something is missing
: a missing part

gap

noun
\ ˈgap \

Kids Definition of gap

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.

gap

noun
\ ˈgap \

Medical Definition of gap

: a break in continuity especially of structure : hiatus

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