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
O’Meara’s opening drive on the notoriously tough first hole at Royal Birkdale rode the wind into the gorse bushes on the right.
At opening remarks by the two sides on Wednesday, Ross complained about the trade gap with China in unusually blunt terms.
The store was originally set to open early this year, but a new opening date has not yet been announced.
Burbank moves on to play in the Junior Western Regional Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. with the opening round set for Thursday.
Since the exhibit’s opening, the Speed has seen mounting attendance, said interim director Stephen Reily.
The opening match on Centre Court was due to start at noon, so the roof was closed for the first time this year.
Opening: Jane Benson: Half-Truths, 8-11 p.m., Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown.
And while Emma's revelation is definitely eye-opening, what's also majorly important is that Billie Jean King herself, who was also part of the interview, expanded on one of Emma's points.
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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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