opening

noun
open·​ing | \ ˈōp-niŋ , ˈō-pə-\

Definition of opening

1a : 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
b : an opportunity for employment

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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.
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Professional fee bills in the bankruptcy could top $140 million, due to months of strife, lawyers said Monday during opening arguments over Nine West’s chapter 11 exit plan. Peg Brickley, WSJ, "Bondholders Dispute Nine West Bankruptcy Exit Plan," 5 Feb. 2019 The colors and patterns are repeated in the adjoining rooms—a technique that's fitting for a house with this type of architecture, called American Foursquare, which features large, boxy rooms with wide openings. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Next Wave Design Duo Toledo Geller Shares its Most Jaw-Dropping Room Transformations," 30 Jan. 2019 The Next Generation certainly had a few rough patches in its opening episodes and subsequent series weren't immune from the first season slump either. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Gets Back to Basics," 25 Jan. 2019 But looking out at the players at Tuesday’s opening session of training camp, Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey and coach Brian Schmetzer undoubtedly envision much bigger hardware to come. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders open 2019 training camp with stacked roster, lofty goals," 23 Jan. 2019 The opening night party, which rose money for the East Side House Settlement, lured glamorous New Yorkers like Michael Bloomberg and Diane Taylor. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Oldies but Goodies: The 10 Standout Antiques from The Winter Show," 18 Jan. 2019 Kash Doll has already landed major gigs of opening for Drake and Beyoncé and JAY-Z on tour. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dreezy and Kash Doll's "Chanel Slides" Video Is the Kind of Energy We Want to Channel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 This opening sets up how this version of Watership Down will distinguish itself — by emphasizing all the parts of the narrative that involve perpetual dread. Aja Romano, Vox, "Netflix’s new Watership Down proves the beloved children’s classic was a horror story all along," 30 Dec. 2018 That’s one definition of Torno Subito, the name of Bottura's first restaurant in the Middle East, opening later this month at W Dubai The Palm. Adam Robb, Condé Nast Traveler, "Behind the Scenes at Massimo Bottura's New Dubai Restaurant," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of opening

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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opening

noun

English Language Learners Definition of opening

: a hole or empty space that you can go through
: the first part of something
: the first time that something happens

opening

noun
open·​ing | \ ˈō-pə-niŋ , ˈōp-niŋ\

Kids Definition of opening

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 : occasion entry 1 sense 3 He was waiting for an opening to tell the joke.
5 : a job opportunity There is an opening in the legal department.

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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