gap·​ing | \ˈgā-piŋ \

Definition of gaping 

: wide open a gaping hole

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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 The gaping hole is actually just a black tarp held up to the exterior wall of the school by what appears to be duct tape. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "This isn't a car crash. This is one of the best senior pranks cops ever saw," 16 May 2018 On Wednesday, police tape circled the building, its gaping roof open to the blue sky and charred debris littering the grounds. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heating tools on scaffolding may have ignited roof of historic Milwaukee church," 16 May 2018 So why is the chasm between would-be and actual performance so gaping? Steve Ayan, Scientific American, "10 Things You Don’t Know About Yourself," 15 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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