Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[gap] /gæp/
a break or opening, as in a fence, wall, or military line; breach:
We found a gap in the enemy's line of fortifications.
an empty space or interval; interruption in continuity; hiatus:
a momentary gap in a siren's wailing; a gap in his memory.
a wide divergence or difference; disparity:
the gap between expenses and income; the gap between ideals and actions.
a difference or disparity in attitudes, perceptions, character, or development, or a lack of confidence or understanding, perceived as creating a problem:
the technology gap; a communications gap.
a deep, sloping ravine or cleft through a mountain ridge.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a mountain pass:
the Cumberland Gap.
Aeronautics. the distance between one supporting surface of an airplane and another above or below it.
verb (used with object), gapped, gapping.
to make a gap, opening, or breach in.
verb (used without object), gapped, gapping.
to come open or apart; form or show a gap.
Origin of gap
1350-1400; Middle English < Old Norse gap chasm
Related forms
gapless, adjective
2. pause, interstice, break, interlude, lull.


[oht-zalp] /oʊtˈzalp/
a department in SE France. 2179 sq. mi. (5645 sq. km).
Capital: Gap. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for gap
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • While at the gap the entire division of Gen. Schurz appeared to have run wild.

    Company G A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow
  • The Indians used the gap also, but the white men did not see any of them at this time.

    Daniel Boone Katharine E. Wilkie
  • Eventually he found a place from which he could see through a gap in the hedge.

    Servants of the Guns Jeffery E. Jeffery
  • If he had staid out, there would have been only one gap in the company.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • With one foot in the stirrup, Dave turned savagely: "Why don't you go up in the gap with me now an' fight it out like a man?"

British Dictionary definitions for gap


a break or opening in a wall, fence, etc
a break in continuity; interruption; hiatus: there is a serious gap in the accounts
a break in a line of hills or mountains affording a route through
(mainly US) a gorge or ravine
a divergence or difference; disparity: there is a gap between his version of the event and hers, the generation gap
  1. a break in a magnetic circuit that increases the inductance and saturation point of the circuit
  2. See spark gap
bridge a gap, close a gap, fill a gap, stop a gap, to remedy a deficiency
verb gaps, gapping, gapped
(transitive) to make a breach or opening in
Derived Forms
gapless, adjective
gappy, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse gap chasm; related to gapa to gape, Swedish gap, Danish gab open mouth, opening


/French otzalp/
a department of SE France in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Capital: Gap. Pop: 126 810 (2003 est). Area: 5643 sq km (2201 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for gap

early 14c. (mid-13c. in place names), from Old Norse gap "chasm," related to gapa "to gape," from PIE *ghai- "to yawn, gape" (see yawn (v.)). Originally "hole in a wall or hedge;" broader sense is 16c. In U.S., common in place names in reference to a break or pass in a long mountain chain (especially one that water flows through). As a verb from 1847.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
gap in Medicine

gap (gāp)

  1. An opening in a structure or surface; a cleft or breach.

  2. An interval or discontinuity in any series or sequence.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for gap

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for gap

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for gap