gap

noun
\ ˈgap How to pronounce gap (audio) \

Definition of gap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a break in a barrier (such as a wall, hedge, or line of military defense)
b : an assailable position
2a : a mountain pass
b : ravine
3 : spark gap
4a : a separation in space
b : an incomplete or deficient area a gap in her knowledge
5 : a break in continuity : hiatus
6 : a break in the vascular cylinder of a plant where a vascular trace departs from the central cylinder
7 : lack of balance : disparity the gap between imports and exports
8 : a wide difference in character or attitude the generation gap
9 : a problem caused by some disparity a communication gap credibility gap

gap

verb
gapped; gapping

Definition of gap (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make an opening in
2 : to adjust the space between the electrodes of (a spark plug)

intransitive verb

: to fall or stand open

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Other Words from gap

Noun

gappy \ ˈga-​pē How to pronounce gap (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gap in a Sentence

Noun The child had a gap between her two front teeth. The gap between the lead runner and the rest of the field continued to widen. The sheep got through a gap in the fence. There are unexplained gaps in his story. The class filled in the gaps in my knowledge of biology. She had taken several years off to raise a family, so there was a large gap in her work history.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This gap between Friday evening and Saturday morning remains one of the least understood and potentially vital parts of the oil spill, filled with unanswered questions and contradictions. Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 The gap in deaths between vaccinated and unvaccinated people exists across the U.S. Susie Neilson, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Oct. 2021 Some of this labor gap will shrink over time as Covid-19 subsides, but there are underlying trends that will delay, and maybe even prevent, a full return to the pre-pandemic labor market if things do not change. Adam A. Millsap, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Narrowing the achievement gap in reading and math between students from lower income families and other students is a high priority. Brendan Farrington, sun-sentinel.com, 7 Oct. 2021 During the pandemic, he was recognized for his work in bridging this technology gap, nationally and locally, through a 2020 Federal Communications Commission Digital Opportunity Equity Recognition, and a San Diego Next Century Cities Local Leader. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2021 In 2017, Laura Johnson and Zoe Proctor -- a social worker and a performing arts teacher who works with young adults with disabilities, respectively -- set up a specialist modeling agency to tackle this representation gap. Lottie Jackson, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 This trust gap between the public and police is a destructive status quo, says Barry Reynolds, assistant professor of criminal justice at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Sep. 2021 Additional state aid to school districts in Black communities could close this gap. Bruce Baker, Quartz, 20 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As the laps ticked away, Power was able to gap Grosjean during the sprint to the finish and cruise to his fifth career victory on the IMS road course and sixth career win at IMS overall. Rob Peeters, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Aug. 2021 The stock is prone to big moves after reporting earnings and can easily gap up if the numbers are strong. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Conversely, if the numbers disappoint, the stock can easily gap down. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 18 May 2021 The stock is prone to big moves after reporting earnings and can easily gap up if the numbers are strong. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Conversely, if the numbers disappoint, the stock can easily gap down. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Conversely, if the numbers disappoint, the stock can easily gap down. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 As O'Ward and Rossi moved to a three-stop run early-on, Palou began to gap the field -- up more than six seconds on second-place before his first stop. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Apr. 2021 The stock is prone to big moves after reporting earnings and can easily gap up if the numbers are strong. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of gap

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1879, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for gap

Noun

Middle English gap, gappe, borrowed from Old Norse gap "chasm, outcry," noun derivative of gapa "to gape entry 1"

Verb

derivative of gap entry 1

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The first known use of gap was in the 14th century

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12 Oct 2021

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“Gap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gap. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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gap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gap

: a space between two people or things
: a hole or space where something is missing
: a missing part

gap

noun
\ ˈgap How to pronounce gap (audio) \

Kids Definition of gap

1 : an opening made by a break or rupture She squeezed through a gap in the fence.
2 : an opening between mountains
3 : a hole or space where something is missing There are some gaps in his story.

gap

noun
\ ˈgap How to pronounce gap (audio) \

Medical Definition of gap

: a break in continuity especially of structure : hiatus

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