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 Reducing the achievement gap for underserved communities and this includes making sure high school students are gaining the skills needed to succeed post-graduation whether that be post-secondary education or career. oregonlive, "Herman Greene’s full response to The Oregonian/OregonLive’s Portland school board candidate questionnaire," 28 Apr. 2021 After former Milwaukee first baseman Jesús Aguilar dumped a fly ball into shallow right for a single, Garrett Cooper, who came up in the Brewers’ system, lined a 1-1 sinker into the gap in left-center for a run-scoring double. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marlins 8, Brewers 0: On the verge of making history, Corbin Burnes gets rocked," 26 Apr. 2021 That’s even a bit wider than the 76-point partisan gap for former President Trump in April 2017. Jack Durschlag, Fox News, "Biden approaches 100 days in office -- what do Americans think?," 26 Apr. 2021 Eliminating this would narrow the racial wealth gap for young families, with 86.6% of Black students taking out federal loans to attend four-year colleges, compared to just 59.9% of white students. Kori Hale, Forbes, "Here’s How $50,000 In Student Loan Forgiveness Will Impact The Racial Wealth Gap," 21 Apr. 2021 The foundation focuses on filling the gap in the continuum of care for pediatric patients with chronic conditions. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, "Deerfield-based organization prepares kits for children with chronic health conditions," 20 Apr. 2021 On, which helps close the gap in technology skills for youth and adults who live in underserved communities. Tatyana Turner, baltimoresun.com, "‘The answer is in the trash’: PCs for People works to close Baltimore’s yawning digital divide," 20 Apr. 2021 Two batters later, Austin Slater thumped an 0-2 fastball over the heart of the plate into the right-center gap for an RBI double. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds shut down by Johnny Cueto, end road trip with loss to San Francisco Giants," 14 Apr. 2021 Gardeners are also planting zinnia seeds to meet the gap for transplants, and retail nurseries have located milkweed transplants to help meet the needs for nectar sources. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Is it time to pull the plug and replace freeze-damaged sago palms and citrus trees?," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Conversely, if the numbers disappoint, the stock can easily gap down. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, "Earnings Preview: What To Expect From DraftKings On Friday," 6 May 2021 Conversely, if the numbers disappoint, the stock can easily gap down. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, "Earnings Preview: What To Expect From Intuitive Surgical On Tuesday," 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, "Alex Palou rides two-stop strategy to first win in dominant day for Ganassi at Barber," 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, "Earnings Preview: Nike Reports After Thursday’s Close. Here’s What To Expect.," 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, "Earnings Preview: Nike Reports After Thursday’s Close. Here’s What To Expect.," 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, "Earnings Preview: Oracle Reports On Wednesday. Here’s What To Expect," 9 Mar. 2021 Conversely, if the numbers disappoint, the stock can easily gap down. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, "Earnings Preview: Smile Direct Club Reports On Thursday. Here’s A Closer Look.," 3 Mar. 2021 While the look of the sky is undoubtedly something to gap at, please do so from inside your home, if possible. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "How raging wildfires create a hellish red sky," 10 Sep. 2020

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

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Last Updated

9 May 2021

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“Gap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gap. Accessed 12 May. 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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