Definition for gapping (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), gapped, gap·ping.
verb (used without object), gapped, gap·ping.
Origin of gap
Examples from the Web for gapping
They are very irregular, and the gapping does not go down too deeply into the cortex.
"'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.The Boy Chums in the Gulf of Mexico|Wilmer M. Ely
The upper end of it having apparently lost some tissue was gapping more than the lower portion of it.
British Dictionary definitions for gapping (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for gapping (2 of 2)
- a break in a magnetic circuit that increases the inductance and saturation point of the circuit
- See spark gap
verb gaps, gapping or gapped
Word Origin for gap
Word Origin and History for gapping
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.