a break or opening, as in a fence, wall, or military line; breach: We found a gap in the enemy's line of fortifications.
an empty space or interval; interruption in continuity; hiatus: a momentary gap in a siren's wailing; a gap in his memory.
a wide divergence or difference; disparity: the gap between expenses and income; the gap between ideals and actions.
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.
a deep, sloping ravine or cleft through a mountain ridge.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a mountain pass: the Cumberland Gap.
Aeronautics. the distance between one supporting surface of an airplane and another above or below it.
to make a gap, opening, or breach in.
to come open or apart; form or show a gap.
- gapless, adjective
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How to use gap in a sentence
However much we gossip about heterosexual couples with large age gaps, we at least refrain from calling them sex offenders.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic | Samantha Allen | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Which is lucky: we can see the gaps in the disk more clearly than if the disk were at a steeper angle.
The combination of those gaps and the young age of HL Tauri suggest planets may form more quickly than astronomers think.
But the most breathtaking aspects of the image are the rings and gaps in the disk, never imaged before in this much detail.
The Asteroid Belt in the Solar System has many such gaps, created by the gravity of the Sun and Jupiter.
Small gaps have doubtless been frequently passed over in the same manner.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
As it happens, Jaffery has had to fill up little gaps, make bridges here and there.Jaffery | William J. Locke
Blind entrances, gaps, and ponderous suspensions multiply and vary infinitely.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
The line passes beside Magersfontein and through gaps in six ridges behind it, affording an excellent view of the whole position.The Relief of Mafeking | Filson Young
The other paths were more or less abrupt, and led down to the creek through gaps in the steep rocks.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for gap
a break or opening in a wall, fence, etc
a break in continuity; interruption; hiatus: there is a serious gap in the accounts
a break in a line of hills or mountains affording a route through
mainly US a gorge or ravine
a divergence or difference; disparity: there is a gap between his version of the event and hers; the generation gap
a break in a magnetic circuit that increases the inductance and saturation point of the circuit
See spark gap
bridge a gap, close a gap, fill a gap or stop a gap to remedy a deficiency
(tr) to make a breach or opening in
- gapless, adjective
- gappy, adjective
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