gapping

[ gap-ing ]
/ ˈgæp ɪŋ /

noun Linguistics.

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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British Dictionary definitions for gapping

gapping
/ (ˈɡæpɪŋ) /

noun

(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
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