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

Definition of gaping

: wide open a gaping hole

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Winning the presidency is never an easy task in a divided nation of 209 million people with gaping income inequality. Samantha Pearson And Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Brazilian Ex-Army Captain Draws Voters Looking for ‘Least Worst Option’," 4 Oct. 2018 But a gaping hole appeared at the back when Luis Suarez played Jordi Alba clear. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "‘Leo never misses’: Messi scores again as Barca beats Girona," 27 Jan. 2019 That left open a gaping loophole for the type of fear-mongering ads about immigration and Islam that the Internet Research Agency purchased, several of which never referenced the 2016 election or a candidate at all. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Facebook Imposes New Restrictions on Ads and Popular Pages," 6 Apr. 2018 Roofs of ranch-style houses were missing tiles, and some had gaping holes. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Air Force Surveys Damage at Florida Base After Hurricane Michael," 15 Oct. 2018 Angelina Brannigan looked with awe at the gaping front of her dress shop, A Divaz Boutique. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "‘I thought I was prepared’: Ellicott City business owners confront second disaster," 29 May 2018 One seemingly gaping hole that exists on defense is the weak-side linebacker spot next to Mosley., "Some things to look for as the Ravens prepare for mandatory minicamp," 11 June 2018 And Roger Goodell’s dim, gaping face is the reason why. Will Leitch, Daily Intelligencer, "Roger Goodell Is the Prototypical Trump Enabler," 30 May 2018 Suddenly the activity changed from the attention of a single parent to both parent wrens bringing a constant stream of small insects, grubs and spiders to push into gaping mouths. Ernie Cowan,, "Seven for Seven - all the wren eggs hatch," 19 May 2018

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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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