[geyp, gap] /geɪp, gæp/
verb (used without object), gaped, gaping.
to stare with open mouth, as in wonder.
to open the mouth wide involuntarily, as the result of hunger, sleepiness, or absorbed attention.
to open as a gap; split or become open wide.
a wide opening; gap; breach.
an act or instance of gaping.
a stare, as in astonishment or with the mouth wide open.
Zoology. the width of the open mouth.
wide open; extremely wide: a gaping hole
to stare in wonder or amazement, esp with the mouth open
to open the mouth wide, esp involuntarily, as in yawning or hunger
to be or become wide open: the crater gaped under his feet
the act of gaping
a wide opening; breach
the width of the widely opened mouth of a vertebrate
a stare or expression of astonishment
1570s (implied in gapingly), present participle adj. from gape (v.).
early 13c., from an unrecorded Old English word or else from Old Norse gapa “to open the mouth, gape,” common West Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch, Dutch gapen, German gaffen “to gape, stare,” Swedish gapa, Danish gabe), from PIE *ghai- (see gap). Related: Gaped; gaping. As a noun, from 1530s.
noun, Cell Biology. 1. a linkage of two adjacent cells consisting of a system of channels extending across a gap from one cell to the other, allowing the passage of ions and small molecules. gap junction n. A gap between adjacent cell membranes containing very fine latticelike connections that allow physiologic components to pass directly […]
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[gap-oh-sis] /gæpˈoʊ sɪs/ noun, Facetious. 1. a noticeable or series of , as between the fastened buttons or snaps on an overly tight garment.
[gap] /gæp/ noun 1. a break or opening, as in a fence, wall, or military line; breach: We found a gap in the enemy’s line of fortifications. 2. an empty space or interval; interruption in continuity; hiatus: a momentary gap in a siren’s wailing; a gap in his memory. 3. a wide divergence or difference; […]