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gapping

[gap-ing]
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noun Linguistics.
  1. 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.
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Origin of gapping

gap

[gap]
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.
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verb (used with object), gapped, gap·ping.
  1. to make a gap, opening, or breach in.
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verb (used without object), gapped, gap·ping.
  1. to come open or apart; form or show a gap.
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Origin of gap

1350–1400; Middle English < Old Norse gap chasm
Related formsgap·less, adjective

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2. pause, interstice, break, interlude, lull.
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Examples from the Web for gapping

Historical Examples

  • "'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.

  • They are very irregular, and the gapping does not go down too deeply into the cortex.

    Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • The upper end of it having apparently lost some tissue was gapping more than the lower portion of it.

    Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy


British Dictionary definitions for gapping

gapping

noun
  1. (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
  2. the act or practice of taking a gap year
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gap

noun
  1. a break or opening in a wall, fence, etc
  2. a break in continuity; interruption; hiatusthere 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; disparitythere 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 or stop a gap to remedy a deficiency
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verb gaps, gapping or gapped
  1. (tr) to make a breach or opening in
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Derived Formsgapless, adjectivegappy, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old Norse gap chasm; related to gapa to gape, Swedish gap, Danish gab open mouth, opening
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Word Origin and History for gapping

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gapping in Medicine

gap

(găp)
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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