opening

noun open·ing \ ˈōp-niŋ , ˈō-pə- \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of opening

1 a : an act or instance of making or becoming open
b : an act or instance of beginning : commencement; especially : a formal and usually public event by which something new is put officially into operation
2 : something that is open: such as
a (1) : breach, aperture
(2) : an open width : span
b : an area without trees or with scattered usually mature trees that occurs as a break in a forest
c : two pages that face one another in a book
3 : something that constitutes a beginning: such as
a : a usually planned series of moves made at the beginning of a game of chess or checkers — compare endgame, middle game
b : a first performance
4 a : occasion, chance
b : an opportunity for employment

Examples of opening in a Sentence

  1. the opening of a cave

  2. They squeezed through a narrow opening between the fence and an oak tree.

  3. The enemy's troops poured through an opening in our defenses.

  4. We went to the play's opening.

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First Known Use of opening

13th century

opening Synonyms



OPENING Defined for English Language Learners

opening

noun

Definition of opening for English Language Learners

  • : a hole or empty space that you can go through

  • : the first part of something

  • : the first time that something happens


OPENING Defined for Kids

opening

noun open·ing \ ˈō-pə-niŋ , ˈōp-niŋ \

Definition of opening for Students

1 : a place that is not enclosed or covered : clearing
2 : an act of making or becoming ready for use
  • Neighbors are anxious for the opening of a new store.
3 : beginning
  • People who came late missed the opening of the speech.
4 : 1occasion 3
  • He was waiting for an opening to tell the joke.
5 : a job opportunity
  • There is an opening in the legal department.

Medical Dictionary

opening

noun open·ing \ ˈōp-(ə-)niŋ \

medical Definition of opening

1 : an act or instance of making or becoming open
2 : something (as an anatomical aperture) that is open or opens


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