gap

noun
\ ˈgap How to pronounce gap (audio) \

Definition of gap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a break in a barrier (such as a wall, hedge, or line of military defense)
b : an assailable position
2a : a mountain pass
b : ravine
3 : spark gap
4a : a separation in space
b : an incomplete or deficient area a gap in her knowledge
5 : a break in continuity : hiatus
6 : a break in the vascular cylinder of a plant where a vascular trace departs from the central cylinder
7 : lack of balance : disparity the gap between imports and exports
8 : a wide difference in character or attitude the generation gap
9 : a problem caused by some disparity a communication gap credibility gap

gap

verb
gapped; gapping

Definition of gap (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make an opening in
2 : to adjust the space between the electrodes of (a spark plug)

intransitive verb

: to fall or stand open

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Other Words from gap

Noun

gappy \ ˈga-​pē How to pronounce gap (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gap in a Sentence

Noun The child had a gap between her two front teeth. The gap between the lead runner and the rest of the field continued to widen. The sheep got through a gap in the fence. There are unexplained gaps in his story. The class filled in the gaps in my knowledge of biology. She had taken several years off to raise a family, so there was a large gap in her work history.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bigger question is does more playoff access help those other Big Ten teams close the recruiting gap with Ohio State? Nathan Baird, cleveland, 11 June 2021 But my two oldest sons, who are older than him, just can’t get past the age gap. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 10 June 2021 Experts and lawmakers said the early achievement gap likely reflects the lack of investment in tribal communities and families. Alden Woods And Agnel Philip, The Arizona Republic, 10 June 2021 This exacerbated what the CDC has identified as a pre-existing mental-health treatment gap for children in the U.S. Monica Gandhi, WSJ, 10 June 2021 The disabled researchers drew upon their own experiences and fears in developing an accessible, clear product to help the community, filling a gap in the public-health outreach system. Time, 10 June 2021 This was just after the junior at Conard had obliterated the state record in the 1,600 at the State Open track championships Thursday, opening a large gap on the quality field and winning in 4 minutes, 1.88 seconds. Lori Riley, courant.com, 10 June 2021 However, the Coastal Commission staff determined that there was no way to protect the adjacent houses from falling into the ocean without filling the gap at 245 Pacific, which is owned by Jokipii. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2021 The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the racial wealth and homeownership gap, here and across the nation. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The stock is prone to big moves after reporting earnings and can easily gap up if the numbers are strong. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Conversely, if the numbers disappoint, the stock can easily gap down. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 18 May 2021 The stock is prone to big moves after reporting earnings and can easily gap up if the numbers are strong. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Conversely, if the numbers disappoint, the stock can easily gap down. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Conversely, if the numbers disappoint, the stock can easily gap down. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 As O'Ward and Rossi moved to a three-stop run early-on, Palou began to gap the field -- up more than six seconds on second-place before his first stop. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Apr. 2021 The stock is prone to big moves after reporting earnings and can easily gap up if the numbers are strong. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 The stock is prone to big moves after reporting earnings and can easily gap up if the numbers are strong. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of gap

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1879, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for gap

Noun

Middle English gap, gappe, borrowed from Old Norse gap "chasm, outcry," noun derivative of gapa "to gape entry 1"

Verb

derivative of gap entry 1

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Time Traveler for gap

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The first known use of gap was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

14 Jun 2021

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“Gap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gap. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for gap

gap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gap

: a space between two people or things
: a hole or space where something is missing
: a missing part

gap

noun
\ ˈgap How to pronounce gap (audio) \

Kids Definition of gap

1 : an opening made by a break or rupture She squeezed through a gap in the fence.
2 : an opening between mountains
3 : a hole or space where something is missing There are some gaps in his story.

gap

noun
\ ˈgap How to pronounce gap (audio) \

Medical Definition of gap

: a break in continuity especially of structure : hiatus

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