: an act or instance of making or becoming open
: an act or instance of beginning : commencement
especially : a formal and usually public event by which something new is put officially into operation
: something that constitutes a beginning: such as
: a usually planned series of moves made at the beginning of a game of chess or checkers compare endgame, middle game
: a first performance
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.
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