opening

[ oh-puh-ning ]
/ ˈoʊ pə nɪŋ /

noun


Nearby words

  1. opencast,
  2. opencast mining,
  3. opener,
  4. openhanded,
  5. openhandedly,
  6. opening night,
  7. opening snap,
  8. opening time,
  9. openly,
  10. openness

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

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)

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for opening

opening

/ (ˈəʊpənɪŋ) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for opening
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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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