- a rule of transformational grammar by which repeated instances of a verb are deleted from conjoined sentences, as in the deletion of brought from Mary brought the bread, John the cheese, and Bill the wine.
Origin of gapping
- 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 gapping
"'T is more afraid I am of gapping the fine edge of your Excellency by contact with my own ruggedness," said Billy, obsequiously.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
He had but just reached this decision when he came upon a gapping hole in the hose.The Boy Chums in the Gulf of Mexico
Wilmer M. Ely
They are very irregular, and the gapping does not go down too deeply into the cortex.
The upper end of it having apparently lost some tissue was gapping more than the lower portion of it.
- (in transformational grammar) a rule that deletes repetitions of a verb, as in the sentence Bill voted for Smith, Sam for McKay, and Dave for Harris
- the act or practice of taking a gap year
- 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 gapping
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.