gap

noun
\ ˈgap How to pronounce gap (audio) \

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 How to pronounce gap (audio) \ 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 The new teeth grow in rows behind the old ones and when a tooth comes out, a new one moves forward to fill in the gap. Priscilla Aguirre, Chron, 15 July 2021 Zaletel also said there are a variety of facilities in Anchorage that could fill the gap in homeless shelter capacity, instead of the Sullivan. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 15 July 2021 Some borrowers, Humann said, may want to take advantage of extremely low rates on private student loans instead of turning to higher rate Parent PLUS loans to fill the gap. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2021 Iran has struggled to fill in the gap left in the absence of Soleimani and al-Muhandis, who were commanding figures able to push factions into line and resolve disputes among them. Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 In an effort to fill the gap in the middle and maintain the team's momentum, coach Jack McKinney traded the Pacers' first-round pick in 1984 to Portland for Tom Owens. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, 6 July 2021 While the creation of a product or service is intended to fill a gap in the market, central to a successful long-term venture are the steps an entrepreneur takes before the launch. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Breidenbaugh kept hearing that SNAP cards didn't cover certain items, like feminine hygiene products, and wanted to fill the gap. Bebe Hodges, The Enquirer, 2 July 2021 The River Valley Regional Food Bank and Antioch for Youth and Family have partnered to fill in the gap with the Summer Picnic Basket for Kids program. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The stock is prone to big moves after reporting earnings and can easily gap up if the numbers are strong. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Conversely, if the numbers disappoint, the stock can easily gap down. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 18 May 2021 The stock is prone to big moves after reporting earnings and can easily gap up if the numbers are strong. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Conversely, if the numbers disappoint, the stock can easily gap down. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Conversely, if the numbers disappoint, the stock can easily gap down. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 As O'Ward and Rossi moved to a three-stop run early-on, Palou began to gap the field -- up more than six seconds on second-place before his first stop. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Apr. 2021 The stock is prone to big moves after reporting earnings and can easily gap up if the numbers are strong. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 The stock is prone to big moves after reporting earnings and can easily gap up if the numbers are strong. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of gap was in the 14th century

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20 Jul 2021

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“Gap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gap. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for gap

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 How to pronounce gap (audio) \

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 How to pronounce gap (audio) \

Medical Definition of gap

: a break in continuity especially of structure : hiatus

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