Definitions for: Gap


[n] an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks"
[n] a narrow opening; "he opened the window a crack"
[n] a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures; "gap between income and outgo"; "the spread between lending and borrowing costs"
[n] a pass between mountain peaks
[n] an open or empty space in or between things; "there was a small opening between the trees"; "the explosion made a gap in the wall"
[v] make an opening or gap in



Webster (1913) Definition: Gap, n. [OE. gap; cf. Icel. gap an empty space, Sw. gap
mouth, breach, abyss, Dan. gab mouth, opening, AS. geap
expanse; as adj., wide, spacious. See Gape.]
An opening in anything made by breaking or parting; as, a gap
in a fence; an opening for a passage or entrance; an opening
which implies a breach or defect; a vacant space or time; a
hiatus; a mountain pass.

Miseries ensued by the opening of that gap. --Knolles.

It would make a great gap in your own honor. --Shak.

Gap lathe (Mach.), a turning lathe with a deep notch in the
bed to admit of turning a short object of large diameter.


To stand in the gap, to expose one's self for the
protection of something; to make defense against any
assailing danger; to take the place of a fallen defender
or supporter.

To stop a gap, to secure a weak point; to repair a defect.


Gap, v. t.
1. To notch, as a sword or knife.

2. To make an opening in; to breach.

Their masses are gapp'd with our grape. --Tennyson.


Gap, n. (A["e]ronautics)
The vertical distance between two superposed surfaces, esp.
in a biplane.

Synonyms: breach, break, col, crack, disruption, interruption, opening, spread

See Also: abruption, barracking, blank, breach, breaking off, chasm, cleft, crack, crevice, delay, disparity, Earth's surface, fissure, foramen, heckling, hiatus, holdup, hole, interjection, interpellation, interpolation, interposition, lacuna, mountain pass, mouth, nodes of Ranvier, notch, open, open up, opening, pass, Ranvier's nodes, rent, rift, rip, scissure, space, spark gap, split, surface, tear, water gap, wind gap, window

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