[ gap ]
/ gæp /


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.

Origin of gap

1350–1400; Middle English < Old Norse gap chasm

Related forms

gap·less, adjective

Definition for gap (2 of 2)


[ oht-zalp ]
/ oʊtˈzalp /


a department in SE France. 2179 sq. mi. (5645 sq. km). Capital: Gap. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gap (1 of 2)


/ (ɡæp) /


verb gaps, gapping or gapped

(tr) to make a breach or opening in

Derived Forms

gapless, 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)


/ (French otzalp) /


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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Medicine definitions for gap


[ găp ]


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