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 Newsom won with 80 percent of the vote in Alameda County in 2018; two years later President Biden and Vice President Harris won the county by an equally gaping margin. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 For people who lost their mothers to COVID-19, this Mother's Day is a reminder of a freshly gaping void. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 7 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 10 Jan. 2020 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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