[ 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.

Origin of gapping

Definition for gapping (2 of 2)

[ 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


gap·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for gapping (1 of 2)

/ (ˈɡæpɪŋ) /


(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

British Dictionary definitions for gapping (2 of 2)

/ (ɡæp) /


verb gaps, gapping or gapped

(tr) to make a breach or opening in

Derived forms of gap

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
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Medical definitions for gapping

[ 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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