opening

[ oh-puh-ning ]
/ ˈoʊ pə nɪŋ /

noun

Origin of opening

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at open, -ing1
Related formspre·o·pen·ing, adjectiveself-o·pen·ing, adjectiveun·o·pen·ing, adjective

Definition for opening (2 of 2)

Origin of open

before 900; (adj.) Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Saxon opan (Dutch open), Old High German offan (German offen), Old Norse opinn, akin to up; (v.) Middle English openen, Old English openian; cognate with Old Saxon opanon (Dutch openen), Old High German offanōn (German öffnen)
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British Dictionary definitions for opening (1 of 2)

opening

/ (ˈəʊpənɪŋ) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for opening (2 of 2)

open

/ (ˈəʊpən) /

adjective

verb

noun

See also open up
Derived Formsopenable, adjectiveopenly, adverbopenness, noun

Word Origin for open

Old English; related to Old French open, epen, Old Saxon opan, Old High German offan
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Medicine definitions for opening

opening

[ ōpə-nĭng ]

n.

The act or an instance of becoming unobstructed or of being made to open.
An open space that serves as a passage or gap.
A breach or aperture.
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Idioms and Phrases with opening

open


In addition to the idioms beginning with open

  • open and aboveboard
  • open and shut
  • open book
  • open doors
  • open fire
  • open house, keep
  • open mind
  • open one's eyes
  • open one's heart to
  • open one's mouth
  • open question
  • open season on
  • open secret
  • open the door to
  • open up
  • open with

also see:

  • keep a weather eye (open)
  • keep one's eyes open
  • lay open
  • leave open
  • leave the door open
  • not open one's mouth
  • out in the open
  • throw open
  • wide open
  • with one's eyes open
  • with open arms
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