American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An opening in a solid structure or surface; a cleft or breach: wriggled through a gap in the fence; a large gap in the wall where the artillery shell had exploded.
- n. A break in a line of defense.
- n. An opening through mountains; a pass.
- n. A space between objects or points; an aperture: a gap between his front teeth.
- n. An interruption of continuity: a nine-minute gap in the recorded conversation; needed to fill in the gaps in her knowledge.
- n. A conspicuous difference or imbalance; a disparity: a gap between revenue and spending; the widening gap between rich and poor.
- n. A problematic situation resulting from such a disparity: the budget gap; the technology gap.
- n. A spark gap.
- n. Computer Science An absence of information on a recording medium, often used to signal the end of a segment of information.
- n. Electronics The distance between the head of a recording device and the surface of the recording medium.
- v. To make an opening in.
- v. To be or become open.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A break or opening, as in a fence, a wall, or the like; a breach; a chasm; a way of passage, as between rocks or through a mountain; a vacant space.
- n. Specifically A deep sloping ravine, notch, or cleft cutting a mountain-ridge. The term is especially common in the central portion of the Appalachian range, where such openings are of frequent occurrence and are important features in the topography. The principal gaps have specific names, as Manassas Gap and Thoroughfare Gap in Virginia. Where such a gap is a through cut, penetrating to the mountain's base, and giving passage, as it then usually does, to a stream, it is called a water-gap, as the Delaware Water-gap in Pennsylvania; when it indents only the upper part of the ridge, it is called a wind-gap. See
- n. In general, any hiatus, breach, or interruption of consecutiveness or continuity: as, a gap in an argument.
- n. See the extract, and break-lathe.
- To notch or jag; cut into teeth like those of a saw.
- To make a break or opening in, as a fence, a wall, or any mass of matter.
- To cause a hiatus of any kind in; cause to lose consecutiveness or continuity.
- n. An opening in anything made by breaking or parting.
- n. An opening allowing passage or entrance.
- n. An opening that implies a breach or defect.
- n. A vacant space or time.
- n. A hiatus.
- n. A mountain or hill pass.
- n. Sussex A sheltered area of coast between two cliffs (mostly restricted to place names).
- n. baseball The regions between the outfielders.
- n. Australia The shortfall between the amount the medical insurer will pay to the service provider and the scheduled fee for the item.
- v. transitive To notch, as a sword or knife.
- v. transitive To make an opening in; to breach.
- v. To check the size of a gap.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An opening in anything made by breaking or parting; ; an opening for a passage or entrance; an opening which implies a breach or defect; a vacant space or time; a hiatus; a mountain pass.
- n. (Aëronautics) The vertical distance between two superposed surfaces, esp. in a biplane.
- v. To notch, as a sword or knife.
- v. To make an opening in; to breach.
- n. a difference (especially an unfortunate difference) between two opinions or two views or two situations
- n. an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
- n. a pass between mountain peaks
- n. a narrow opening
- v. make an opening or gap in
- n. an open or empty space in or between things
- n. a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures
- From Old Norse gap ("chasm"), related to Old Norse gapa ("to gape"); compare gape. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old Norse, chasm. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Bull, one of this year's panelists, said this is not the first NACAC panel on the topic, but it is the first time the term gap year was used in the title.”
“What falls in the gap is any subtlety of insight into actual human beings.”
“I am personally of the opinion that this gap is at least in large part genetic, but also entirely meaningless and useless outside the narrow area of education policy.”
“I dont think the gap is a reflection of the lack of faith.”
“This past week, it became clear that such a gap is already beginning to widen dramatically, perhaps decisively.”
“I tried to put together a rough estimate of just how large this gap is after the jump.”
“KLM Royal Dutch Airlines said that by midday Sunday it had flown four planes through what it described as a gap in the layer of microscopic dust over Holland and Germany.”
“KLM Royal Dutch Airlines said it had flown four planes Sunday through what it described as a gap in the layer of microscopic dust over Holland and Germany.”
“Most of this gap is a gap in evolutionary biology, not in the science of abiogenesis.”
“Now part of this gap is a deficiency in how we program computers, an item that is continuously being worked on, with improvements constantly being made, but these improvements, so far at least, have been coming at a pretty linear rate – no great ahas! that have taking computer processing up in giant leaps.”
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