from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A natural passage through the Cumberland Plateau near the junction of the Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee borders. It was used by Daniel Boone in 1775 as a strategic point along his Wilderness Road, the principal route of westward migration for the next half century.
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- n. a pass through the Cumberland Mountains between Virginia and Kentucky that early settlers used in order to move west
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While the events just narrated were taking place, General Grant had made a visit to Knoxville -- about the last of December -- and arranged to open the railroad between there and Chattanooga, with a view to supplying the troops in East Tennessee by rail in the future, instead of through Cumberland Gap by a tedious line of wagon-trains.