Definition of gap
1a : a break in a barrier (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, from Old Norse, chasm, hole; akin to Old Norse gapa to gape
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
First Known Use of gap
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
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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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