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gap

[ gap ]
/ gæp /
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noun

verb (used with object), gapped, gap·ping.

to make a gap, opening, or breach in.

verb (used without object), gapped, gap·ping.

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
SYNONYMS FOR gap
Related formsgap·less, adjective

Definition for gap (2 of 2)

Hautes-Alpes

[ oht-zalp ]
/ oʊtˈzalp /

noun

a department in SE France. 2179 sq. mi. (5645 sq. km). Capital: Gap.
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British Dictionary definitions for gap (1 of 2)

gap

/ (ɡæp) /

noun

verb gaps, gapping or gapped

(tr) to make a breach or opening in
Derived Formsgapless, adjectivegappy, adjective

Word Origin for gap

C14: from Old Norse gap chasm; related to gapa to gape, Swedish gap, Danish gab open mouth, opening

British Dictionary definitions for gap (2 of 2)

Hautes-Alpes

/ (French otzalp) /

noun

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

Word Origin and History for gap

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for gap

gap

[ găp ]

n.

An opening in a structure or surface; a cleft or breach.
An interval or discontinuity in any series or sequence.
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