gaping

adjective
gap·​ing | \ ˈgā-piŋ How to pronounce gaping (audio) \

Definition of gaping

: wide open a gaping hole

Examples of gaping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then again, no one knew Dallas would lose four key players to the coronavirus for the better part of three weeks, the most gaping puncture wound that caused bloody January. Brad Townsend, Dallas News, "Finally February: For the Mavericks it’s win now. Or else . . .," 31 Jan. 2021 For Microsoft, the partnership fills the obvious and gaping hole in its offerings ever since Nadella threw in the towel on the company's own line of Windows phones. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Surprise: The Galaxy Note 10 Is Microsoft’s Long-Awaited Smartphone, Made by Samsung," 7 Aug. 2019 While there is a big gaping hole in the global sporting calendar for the coming months, the schedule in France is suddenly looking very busy. Jerome Pugmire, Houston Chronicle, "Rescheduled Tour de France hoping to make nation smile again," 15 Apr. 2020 Among all the gaping holes and wounds in our collective life that the new coronavirus has revealed is the fact that our public language long ago depleted its resources and then debased itself. Lee Siegel, New York Times, "An Actual Virus Sobers the Goofy Age of ‘Going Viral’," 28 Mar. 2020 The viral outbreak has revealed gaping holes in health care coverage at a time when people may need it most. Washington Post, "Spotty sick leave policies limit options for avoiding virus," 13 Mar. 2020 The attacks, officials say, revealed gaping security holes that could be exploited by those looking to disrupt voting by locking up and ransoming voter rolls or simply cutting power at critical polling centers on Election Day. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "‘Chaos Is the Point’: Russian Hackers and Trolls Grow Stealthier in 2020," 10 Jan. 2020 Some buildings have gaping holes in them, like the concrete has crumbled due to age or erosion. Julie Muncy, Wired, "I Used Minecraft to Cope with My Apocalypse Anxiety," 27 Feb. 2020 The attacks, officials say, revealed gaping security holes that could be exploited by those looking to disrupt voting by locking up and ransoming voter rolls or simply cutting power at critical polling centers on Election Day. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "‘Chaos Is the Point’: Russian Hackers and Trolls Grow Stealthier in 2020," 10 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of gaping

1588, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gaping

from present participle of gape entry 1

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“Gaping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaping. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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gaping

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of gaping

: wide open : very large

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