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gap

[gap] /gæp/
noun
1.
a break or opening, as in a fence, wall, or military line; breach:
We found a gap in the enemy's line of fortifications.
2.
an empty space or interval; interruption in continuity; hiatus:
a momentary gap in a siren's wailing; a gap in his memory.
3.
a wide divergence or difference; disparity:
the gap between expenses and income; the gap between ideals and actions.
4.
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.
5.
a deep, sloping ravine or cleft through a mountain ridge.
6.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a mountain pass:
the Cumberland Gap.
7.
Aeronautics. the distance between one supporting surface of an airplane and another above or below it.
verb (used with object), gapped, gapping.
8.
to make a gap, opening, or breach in.
verb (used without object), gapped, gapping.
9.
to come open or apart; form or show a gap.
Origin of gap
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Old Norse gap chasm
Related forms
gapless, adjective
Synonyms
2. pause, interstice, break, interlude, lull.

Hautes-Alpes

[oht-zalp] /oʊtˈzalp/
noun
1.
a department in SE France. 2179 sq. mi. (5645 sq. km).
Capital: Gap.
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British Dictionary definitions for gap

gap

/ɡæp/
noun
1.
a break or opening in a wall, fence, etc
2.
a break in continuity; interruption; hiatus: there is a serious gap in the accounts
3.
a break in a line of hills or mountains affording a route through
4.
(mainly US) a gorge or ravine
5.
a divergence or difference; disparity: there is a gap between his version of the event and hers, the generation gap
6.
(electronics)
  1. a break in a magnetic circuit that increases the inductance and saturation point of the circuit
  2. See spark gap
7.
bridge a gap, close a gap, fill a gap, stop a gap, to remedy a deficiency
verb gaps, gapping, gapped
8.
(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

Hautes-Alpes

/French otzalp/
noun
1.
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)
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Word Origin and History for gap
n.

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.

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gap in Medicine

gap (gāp)
n.

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

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

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