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[ gap ]


  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.

    Synonyms: lull, interlude, break, interstice, pause

  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.

verb (used with object)

, gapped, gap·ping.
  1. to make a gap, opening, or breach in.

verb (used without object)

, gapped, gap·ping.
  1. to come open or apart; form or show a gap.


/ ɡæp /


  1. a break or opening in a wall, fence, etc
  2. a break in continuity; interruption; hiatus

    there is a serious gap in the accounts

  3. a break in a line of hills or mountains affording a route through
  4. a gorge or ravine
  5. a divergence or difference; disparity

    there 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
  7. bridge a gap or close a gap or fill a gap or stop a gap
    to remedy a deficiency


  1. tr to make a breach or opening in

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Derived Forms

  • ˈgappy, adjective
  • ˈgapless, adjective

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Other Words From

  • gapless adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of gap1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Old Norse: “chasm”; akin to Old Norse gapa “to open the mouth wide” ( gape ( def ) )

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Word History and Origins

Origin of gap1

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

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Example Sentences

Over the past 230 years, the population gap between the smallest and largest states has only grown.

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