- (of type) in outline form.
- widely spaced or leaded, as printed matter.
- (of an organ pipe) not closed at the far end.
- (of a string) not stopped by a finger.
- (of a note) produced by such a pipe or string or, on a wind instrument, without the aid of a slide, key, etc.
- (of an interval) containing neither endpoint.
- (of a set) consisting of points having neighborhoods wholly contained in the set, as the set of points within a circle.
- (of a map from one topological space to another) having the property that the image of an open set is an open set.
verb (used with object)
- to recall or revoke (a judgment, decree, etc.) for the purpose of allowing further contest or delay.
- to make the first statement of (a case) to the court or jury.
verb (used without object)
- the unenclosed or unobstructed country.
- the outdoors: Vacations in the open are fine for the entire family.
- the condition of being unconcealed, recognized, or publicly known: The scandal is now out in the open.
- to become or make open.
- to expand, especially before the eye: A breathtaking panorama opened up as we reached the top of the hill.
- to achieve the initial development of: to open up a business office; to open up trade with China.
- Slang. to increase speed or the speed of (a vehicle).
Origin of open
Examples from the Web for openly
Politicians who openly associated with Duke, or his hard-core associates, did so at their own risk.
They took an anti-establishment stance to a new level, openly opposing the government.
Whether it is openly stated or not, I think everyone is wondering if they could find “the one.”The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots|Emily Shire|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Koenig has not been a sterile, objective narrator; she has openly voiced her biases, concerns, and gut feelings all along.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End|Emily Shire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Both priceless papyri that could shed light on early Christianity and forgeries are openly trafficked online.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts|Candida Moss|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They said openly that they were much disappointed in him, and that he had shaken their belief in human nature.A Devotee|Mary Cholmondeley
Most of them disbelieved in the national religion; many of them openly denied the existence of the gods.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy|W. T. Stace
He would be more likely to go boldly and openly, I reasoned, because of his belief there was nothing for him to fear.A Virginia Scout|Hugh Pendexter
Preaching friars made the chancels ring with tirades against them, and openly advocated296 their utter extermination.History of the Jews, Vol. IV (of VI)|Heinrich Graetz
It was the first time in his life he had ever been openly defied.The Little Colonel|Annie Fellows Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for openly
- (of a violin or guitar string) not stopped with the finger
- (of a pipe, such as an organ pipe) not closed at either end
- (of a note) played on such a string or pipe
- in operation; activean open account
- unrestricted; unlimitedopen credit; open insurance cover
- (of a goal, court, etc) unguarded or relatively unprotectedthe forward missed an open goal
- (of a stance, esp in golf) characterized by the front of the body being turned forward
- denoting a vowel pronounced with the lips relatively wide apart
- denoting a syllable that does not end in a consonant, as in pa
Derived Formsopenable, adjectiveopenly, adverbopenness, noun
Word Origin for open
Idioms and Phrases with openly
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
- 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