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

Definition of gaping

: wide open a gaping hole

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Seldon is amazing in the secondary and Smith will open gaping holes in the defense. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football: Mick McCabe's top 25 teams for 2019," 25 Aug. 2019 Researchers have found gaping security holes in LeapFrog's LeapPad Ultimate Tablet for children that could let hackers determine a child's location, send them messages, and steal sensitive information. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Security Researchers Find ‘Worst Case Scenario’ in LeapFrog Kids Tablet," 7 Aug. 2019 This gaping loophole was exposed Sunday, when 19-year-old Santino William Legan opened fire on the Gilroy Garlic Festival, killing three people and wounding 12 others before he was fatally shot by police. Matthias Gafni,, "Gilroy shooting shows how California’s gun laws are undermined by its neighbors," 29 July 2019 Previous squads have had gaping holes and the looming prospect of more being created, with key players being linked with moves away, but the current situation couldn't be farther removed., "Liverpool: Why the Reds' Decision Not to Spend Big This Summer Bodes Well for the Future," 30 June 2019 Forests fell to the mills that provided the first burst of manufacturing wealth in the 18th century and that produced gaping tracts that poured great gouts of mud into the river. Keith Schneider, ProPublica, "West Virginia Bets Big on Plastics, and on Backing of Trump Administration," 31 July 2019 Rookie Matt Wotherspoon, the latest minor league pitcher to fly coast-to-coast to bridge a gaping innings gap in the bullpen, took over with one out and two runs across in the third and allowed five straight batters to reach base. Peter Schmuck,, "Orioles end seven-game West Coast trip with one victory after 13-3 loss to Mariners," 23 June 2019 America’s wealth gap, in which the top 10% of households own 80% of America’s financial assets, may become a bit less gaping. The Economist, "Blue-collar capitalists," 8 June 2019 Kevon Looney busted out of the training room, traded their gaping-in-the-back hospital gowns for game unis, and inspired the Warriors to a 46-42 halftime lead over the dazed Toronto Raptors. Scott Ostler,, "Warriors squander Willis Reed moment for Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney," 7 June 2019

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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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The first known use of gaping was in 1588

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English Language Learners Definition of gaping

: wide open : very large

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