- 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.
- to make a gap, opening, or breach in.
- to come open or apart; form or show a gap.
Origin of gap
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Examples from the Web for gapped
She plays, she races into school, she flashes her gapped teeth.Family of Olivia Engel, Lost in Newtown, Remembers Their Daughter
December 17, 2012
He heard a low sob, and it cut through him like a gapped and rusty blade.The Cottage of Delight
Will N. Harben
He took the axe from her, and ran his thumb along the blunt and gapped edge.Dixie Hart
Will N. Harben
Other facts show that the "gapped" branches did not behave quite normally.
The brute slowly opened its huge mouth and disclosed the cruel, gapped teeth.The Jungle Girl
No; not anything unusual about the front ones, but the hip pockets were gapped open and sagged down.Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
- a break or opening in a wall, fence, etc
- a break in continuity; interruption; hiatusthere 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; disparitythere is a gap between his version of the event and hers; the generation gap
- a break in a magnetic circuit that increases the inductance and saturation point of the circuit
- See spark gap
- bridge a gap, close a gap, fill a gap or stop a gap to remedy a deficiency
- (tr) to make a breach or opening in
Word Origin and History for gapped
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.
- An opening in a structure or surface; a cleft or breach.
- An interval or discontinuity in any series or sequence.