from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Deep and wide open: a gaping wound; a gaping hole.

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  • v. Present participle of gape.
  • adj. Wide open.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Standing wide open, as the mouth, or having the mouth wide open, as in wonder or admiration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe


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  • That, PZ, is what we call a gaping whole in taxon sampling.

    Ascidian evo-devo - The Panda's Thumb

  • That is what he calls the gaping wound near Redding known to everybody else as the Iron Mountain Mine, which is widely regarded by scientists as one of the most polluted places in the world. Headlines

  • Together, the three massive bombings have sparked outrage among Iraqi lawmakers who want Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his top aides be held accountable for what they describe as gaping, and continuing, security breaches.

    Fore, right!

  • By finding out what the facts are, rather than spending all of our time sitting around in gaping, slack-jawed stupefaction, swallowing wholesale whatever infantle lie is shovelled down our gullet by the paid professional liars at Faux Noise and Whirled Nuts Dully, and swallowing said lies without even a first much less a second thought.

    Think Progress » Hannity: Snow Storms ‘Seem To Contradict Al Gore’s Hysterical Global Warming Theories’

  • Point the First: Probably not as sanitary in gaping burn holes as the buckets of sterile saline they would be carrying in the bus.

    Complaining about TV, yet again.

  • Saxon strode up the street, while the children gazed at them in gaping astonishment.


  • Just go back to doing the only thing you are capable of, which is sitting around in gaping, slack-jawed stupefaction swallowing wholesale any and every idiotic lie that is spoon-fed to you by the paid professional liars at Faux Noise and Whirled Nuts Dully.

    Think Progress » Palin blames ‘Gore-gate’ for ‘this snake oil science stuff.’

  • What you refer to as a gaping hole is but a cosmetic crack.

    Why not engage with me instead of trying to make me into your enemy?

  • Cicely's arm and staring in gaping astonishment at his assailant.

    The Windy Hill

  • We most of us have to struggle against leaving our portmanteau gaping on a sofa or throwing our boot-trees into corners when we are in a place only for a few hours; and struggle against allowing the flowers on the table to wither, and the fire to go out, when we are setting out on a journey next day, or a dear one is about to say goodbye.

    Hortus Vitae Essays on the Gardening of Life


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