Definition of opening
1a : an act or instance of making or becoming openb : 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 asa (1) : breach, aperture (2) : an open width : spanb : an area without trees or with scattered usually mature trees that occurs as a break in a forestc : two pages that face one another in a book
Examples of opening in a Sentence
the opening of a cave
They squeezed through a narrow opening between the fence and an oak tree.
The enemy's troops poured through an opening in our defenses.
We went to the play's opening.
Recent Examples of opening from the Web
The National Federation of Independent Business reported that 34 percent of small firms in May cited job openings as hard to fill, the highest share since 2000.
Follow our live coverage, analysis and commentary above as the Mariners (24-29) face the Rockies (33-21) in the opening game of a three-game series at Safeco Field.
St. Thomas (43-15) defeated the Tritons 6-5 in 12 innings in their opening game.
In the opening shots of Dangerous Minds, a 1995 drama about another white teacher transforming her disaffected students into scholars, the camera lingers on students dancing in the quad and hanging out bus windows.
The visit by Mr. Putin, at Mr. Macron’s invitation, was described as a working meeting timed to coincide with the opening of a show at the Grand Trianon, a chateau within the Versailles complex.
With Thomas at left tackle and Joel Bitonio at left guard and Pasztor no longer with the Browns, Cleveland's only opening on the offensive line is at right tackle.
For victims like Cannon, who is serving as the center's outreach director, the opening stirred painful memories.
The White House’s slow decision-making on the future of the landmark 2015 climate change agreement created the opening for the European leaders’ persuasion campaign.
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First Known Use of opening
OPENING Defined for English Language Learners
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
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 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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