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GAP (gapped, gapping)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gap mean? 

GAP (noun)
  The noun GAP has 6 senses:

1. a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures
2. an open or empty space in or between things
3. a narrow opening
4. a pass between mountain peaks
5. a difference (especially an unfortunate difference) between two opinions or two views or two situations
6. an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

  Familiarity information: GAP used as a noun is common.


GAP (verb)
  The verb GAP has 1 sense:

1. make an opening or gap in

  Familiarity information: GAP used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


GAP (noun)


Sense 1gap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

gap; spread

Context examples:

gap between income and outgo / the spread between lending and borrowing costs

Hypernyms ("gap" is a kind of...):

disparity (inequality or difference in some respect)


Sense 2gap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An open or empty space in or between things

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

opening; gap

Context examples:

there was a small opening between the trees / the explosion made a gap in the wall

Hypernyms ("gap" is a kind of...):

space (an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gap"):

rent; rip; snag; split; tear (an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart)

rift (a gap between cloud masses)

mouth (an opening that resembles a mouth (as of a cave or a gorge))

hole (an opening into or through something)

cleft; crack; crevice; fissure; scissure (a long narrow opening)

chasm (a deep opening in the earth's surface)

breach (an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification))

foramen; hiatus (a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure)

nodes of Ranvier; Ranvier's nodes (small gaps in the myelin sheath of medullated axons)

diastema (a gap or vacant space between two teeth)

pocket (an opening at the corner or on the side of a billiard table into which billiard balls are struck)

window (an opening that resembles a window in appearance or function)

Holonyms ("gap" is a part of...):

Earth's surface; surface (the outermost level of the land or sea)


Sense 3gap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A narrow opening

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

crack; gap

Context example:

he opened the window a crack

Hypernyms ("gap" is a kind of...):

opening (a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gap"):

blank; lacuna (a blank gap or missing part)

spark gap (the gap between two high-potential terminals)


Sense 4gap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A pass between mountain peaks

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

col; gap

Hypernyms ("gap" is a kind of...):

mountain pass; notch; pass (the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gap"):

water gap (a pass in a mountain ridge through which a stream flows)

wind gap (a pass in a mountain ridge with no stream flowing through it)


Sense 5gap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A difference (especially an unfortunate difference) between two opinions or two views or two situations

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("gap" is a kind of...):

conflict; difference; difference of opinion; dispute (a disagreement or argument about something important)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gap"):

generation gap (a difference between the views of young people and their parents)


Sense 6gap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

disruption; interruption; gap; break

Context examples:

it was presented without commercial breaks / there was a gap in his account

Hypernyms ("gap" is a kind of...):

delay; holdup (the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gap"):

cut-in; insert ((film) a still picture that is introduced and that interrupts the action of a film)

cut-in; insert ((broadcasting) a local announcement inserted into a network program)

interjection; interpellation; interpolation; interposition (the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts)

abruption; breaking off (an instance of sudden interruption)

barracking; heckling (shouting to interrupt a speech with which you disagree)


GAP (verb)


Sense 1gap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make an opening or gap in

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

gap; breach

Hypernyms (to "gap" is one way to...):

open; open up (cause to open or to become open)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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