gap

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noun

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
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 adjective

gap

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verb

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
But despite the relatively small age gap, Trump has largely avoided criticism regarding his age as pressure mounts on the incumbent to perform at this month’s debate in Atlanta. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 14 June 2024 Seal entry points: Seal cracks, gaps and openings in doors, windows and walls to prevent spiders from entering your home. Tiffany Acosta, The Arizona Republic, 14 June 2024
Verb
French bond yields are gapping out against German bunds’, the euro has weakened and fears are rising of further destabilization of the region’s alliances. Lisa Abramowicz, Bloomberg.com, 14 June 2024 But money tends to follow economic growth, and gaps this extreme between economic output and financial gains tend to rebalance themselves over time. Ruchir Sharma, Foreign Affairs, 20 Apr. 2021 See all Example Sentences for gap 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1879, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Gap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gap. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

gap

noun
ˈgap
1
: a break in a barrier
2
a
: a mountain pass
b
: ravine
3
: a space or separation : a break in continuity
gaps in your story
a gap where the tooth had been
4
: a wide difference (as in amount, character, or attitude)
a wage gap

Medical Definition

gap

noun
: a break in continuity especially of structure : hiatus

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