Definition of gap
1a : a break in a barrier (such as a wall, hedge, or line of military defense)b : an assailable position
2a : a mountain passb : ravine
3 : spark gap
4a : a separation in spaceb : 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
gappyplay \ˈga-pē\ adjective
Examples of gap in a sentence
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.
Origin and Etymology of gap
Middle English gap, gappe, borrowed from Old Norse gap “chasm, outcry,” noun derivative of gapa “to 1gape”
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of gap
1 : to make an opening in
2 : to adjust the space between the electrodes of (a spark plug)
: to fall or stand open
GAP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gap for English Language Learners
: a space between two people or things
: a hole or space where something is missing
: a missing part
GAP Defined for Kids
Definition of gap for Students
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.
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