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gap

 (găp)
n.
1.
a. 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.
b. A break in a line of defense.
2. An opening through mountains; a pass.
3. A space between objects or points; an aperture: a gap between his front teeth.
4. An interruption of continuity: a nine-minute gap in the recorded conversation; needed to fill in the gaps in her knowledge.
5.
a. A conspicuous difference or imbalance; a disparity: a gap between revenue and spending; the widening gap between rich and poor.
b. A problematic situation resulting from such a disparity: the budget gap; the technology gap.
6. A spark gap.
v. gapped, gap·ping, gaps
v.tr.
1. To make an opening or openings in: a wall that was gapped.
2. To make or adjust a space between (objects or points) or in (a device): gap boards on a deck; gap a spark plug.
v.intr.
To be or become open: Her coat gapped open.

[Middle English, from Old Norse, chasm.]

gap

(ɡæp)
n
1. a break or opening in a wall, fence, etc
2. a break in continuity; interruption; hiatus: there is a serious gap in the accounts.
3. (Physical Geography) a break in a line of hills or mountains affording a route through
4. (Physical Geography) chiefly US a gorge or ravine
5. a divergence or difference; disparity: there is a gap between his version of the event and hers; the generation gap.
6. (Electronics) electronics
a. a break in a magnetic circuit that increases the inductance and saturation point of the circuit
b. See spark gap
7. bridge a gap close a gap fill a gap stop a gap to remedy a deficiency
vb, gaps, gapping or gapped
(tr) to make a breach or opening in
[C14: from Old Norse gap chasm; related to gapa to gape, Swedish gap, Danish gab open mouth, opening]
ˈgapless adj
ˈgappy adj

gap

(gæp)

n., v. gapped, gap•ping. n.
1. a break or opening, as in a fence, wall, or military line; breach.
2. an empty space or interval; hiatus: a gap in one's memory.
3. a difference or disparity, as in attitudes, perceptions, character, or development: the technology gap; a communications gap.
4. a deep sloping ravine or cleft through a mountain ridge.
5. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a mountain pass: the Cumberland Gap.
v.t.
6. to make a gap, opening, or breach in.
v.i.
7. to come open or apart; form or show a gap.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Old Norse: chasm]
gap′less, adj.

gap

An area within a minefield or obstacle belt, free of live mines or obstacles, whose width and direction will allow a friendly force to pass through in tactical formation. See also phoney minefield.

gap


Past participle: gapped
Gerund: gapping

Imperative
gap
gap
Present
I gap
you gap
he/she/it gaps
we gap
you gap
they gap
Preterite
I gapped
you gapped
he/she/it gapped
we gapped
you gapped
they gapped
Present Continuous
I am gapping
you are gapping
he/she/it is gapping
we are gapping
you are gapping
they are gapping
Present Perfect
I have gapped
you have gapped
he/she/it has gapped
we have gapped
you have gapped
they have gapped
Past Continuous
I was gapping
you were gapping
he/she/it was gapping
we were gapping
you were gapping
they were gapping
Past Perfect
I had gapped
you had gapped
he/she/it had gapped
we had gapped
you had gapped
they had gapped
Future
I will gap
you will gap
he/she/it will gap
we will gap
you will gap
they will gap
Future Perfect
I will have gapped
you will have gapped
he/she/it will have gapped
we will have gapped
you will have gapped
they will have gapped
Future Continuous
I will be gapping
you will be gapping
he/she/it will be gapping
we will be gapping
you will be gapping
they will be gapping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been gapping
you have been gapping
he/she/it has been gapping
we have been gapping
you have been gapping
they have been gapping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been gapping
you will have been gapping
he/she/it will have been gapping
we will have been gapping
you will have been gapping
they will have been gapping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been gapping
you had been gapping
he/she/it had been gapping
we had been gapping
you had been gapping
they had been gapping
Conditional
I would gap
you would gap
he/she/it would gap
we would gap
you would gap
they would gap
Past Conditional
I would have gapped
you would have gapped
he/she/it would have gapped
we would have gapped
you would have gapped
they would have gapped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gap - a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures; "gap between income and outgo"; "the spread between lending and borrowing costs"
disparity - inequality or difference in some respect
2.gap - an open or empty space in or between things; "there was a small opening between the trees"; "the explosion made a gap in the wall"
pocket - an opening at the corner or on the side of a billiard table into which billiard balls are struck
diastema - a gap or vacant space between two teeth
nodes of Ranvier, Ranvier's nodes - small gaps in the myelin sheath of medullated axons
foramen, hiatus - a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure
breach - an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification)
chasm - a deep opening in the earth's surface
crack, scissure, cleft, crevice, fissure - a long narrow opening
hole - an opening into or through something
mouth - an opening that resembles a mouth (as of a cave or a gorge); "he rode into the mouth of the canyon"; "they built a fire at the mouth of the cave"
rift - a gap between cloud masses; "the sun shone through a rift in the clouds"
rent, rip, tear, snag, split - an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; "there was a rip in his pants"; "she had snags in her stockings"
Earth's surface, surface - the outermost level of the land or sea; "earthquakes originate far below the surface"; "three quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water"
window - an opening that resembles a window in appearance or function; "he could see them through a window in the trees"
space - an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things); "the architect left space in front of the building"; "they stopped at an open space in the jungle"; "the space between his teeth"
3.gap - a narrow opening; "he opened the window a crack"
lacuna, blank - a blank gap or missing part
opening - a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made; "they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"
spark gap - the gap between two high-potential terminals
4.gap - a pass between mountain peaks
mountain pass, notch, pass - the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks; "we got through the pass before it started to snow"
water gap - a pass in a mountain ridge through which a stream flows
wind gap - a pass in a mountain ridge with no stream flowing through it
5.gap - a difference (especially an unfortunate difference) between two opinions or two views or two situations
difference of opinion, dispute, difference, conflict - a disagreement or argument about something important; "he had a dispute with his wife"; "there were irreconcilable differences"; "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"
generation gap - a difference between the views of young people and their parents
6.gap - an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks"; "there was a gap in his account"
cut-in, insert - (film) a still picture that is introduced and that interrupts the action of a film
cut-in, insert - (broadcasting) a local announcement inserted into a network program
delay, holdup - the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
interposition, interjection, interpellation, interpolation - the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts
abruption, breaking off - an instance of sudden interruption
barracking, heckling - shouting to interrupt a speech with which you disagree
Verb1.gap - make an opening or gap in
open, open up - cause to open or to become open; "Mary opened the car door"

gap

noun
1. opening, space, hole, break, split, divide, crack, rent, breach, slot, vent, rift, aperture, cleft, chink, crevice, fissure, cranny, perforation, interstice the wind tearing through gaps in the window frames
3. need, demand, requirement, necessity He identified a gap in the market.
4. difference, gulf, contrast, disagreement, discrepancy, inconsistency, disparity, divergence the gap between the poor and the well-off

gap

noun
1. An opening, especially in a solid structure:
2. A space or interval between objects or points:
3. An interval during which continuity is suspended:
4. A marked lack of correspondence or agreement:
verb
1. To make a hole or other opening in:
2. To open wide:
Translations
فَجْوَةفَجْوَه
mezera
åbningmellemrum
aukkoaukkopaikkamerkkisolatarkistaa
praznina
bil, skarî, gat
隙間
간격
plaisasprauga
odprtinaprazninaprepadrežaškrbina
gap
ช่องว่าง
chỗ trống

gap

[gæp]
A. N (gen) (fig) → hueco m, vacío m; (in wall etc) → boquete m, brecha f; (= mountain pass) → quebrada f, desfiladero m; (in traffic, vegetation) → claro m; (between teeth, floorboards) → hueco m; (between bars) → distancia f, separación f; (= crack) → hendedura f, resquicio m; (in text) → espacio m (en blanco) (fig) (in knowledge) → laguna f; (in conversation) → silencio m; [of time] → intervalo m
there's a gap in the hedgehay un hueco en el seto
there is a gap in the balance of paymentshay un desequilibrio en la balanza de pagos
to close the gapcerrar la brecha
we discerned a gap in the marketvimos que había un hueco en el mercado
leave a gap for the namedeje un espacio para poner el nombre
to stop up or fill a gap (lit) → tapar un hueco
to fill a gap (fig) → llenar un vacío or un hueco; (in knowledge) → llenar una laguna
he left a gap that will be hard to filldejó un hueco difícil de llenar
B. CPD gap year N (Brit) → año m sabático

gap

[ˈgæp] n
(= hole) → trou m
There's a gap in the hedge → Il y a un trou dans la haie.
(= uncovered area) → interstice m
(in time)intervalle m
a gap of four years → un intervalle de quatre ans
(in knowledge)lacune f
to fill a gap (= supply something missing) → combler une lacune
(in exercise)blanc m
Fill in the gaps → Remplir les blancs.
(= disparity) → écart m
the widening gap between the rich and the poor → l'écart grandissant entre les riches et les pauvres
(= unsatisfied demand) a gap in the market → un créneau sur le marché
to fill a gap in the market → répondre à un besoin du marché

gap

n (lit, fig)Lücke f; (= chink)Spalt m; (in surface) → Spalte f, → Riss m; (Geog) → Spalte f; (Tech: = spark gap) → Abstand m; (fig, in conversation, narrative) → Pause f; (= gulf)Kluft f; to close the gap (in race) → (den Abstand) aufholen; tax increases to close the gap between spending and revenueSteuererhöhungen, um die Lücke zwischen Ausgaben und Einnahmen zu schließen; to find/spot/fill a gap in the marketeine Marktlücke finden/erkennen/füllen; a gap in one’s knowledgeeine Bildungslücke; a four-year gap, a gap of four yearsein Abstand mvon vier Jahren; she returned to work after a gap of five yearsnach einer Pause von fünf Jahren ging sie wieder arbeiten

gap

:
gapless
adjlückenlos
gap-toothed
adjmit weiter Zahnstellung; (= with teeth missing)mit Zahnlücken

gap

[gæp] n
a. (gen) → spazio vuoto; (in line, traffic) → interruzione f; (in trees, crowd, defences) → vuoto; (in wall, fence) → apertura, buco; (mountain pass) → passo, valico; (between teeth) → spazio; (between floorboards) → interstizio (fig) (in knowledge) → lacuna; (in conversation) → pausa; (in time) → intervallo
he left a gap which will be hard to fill → ha lasciato un vuoto difficile da colmare
b. (difference) gap (between)divario (tra)
the generation gap → il gap m inv generazionale
the gap between them widened → la distanza tra di loro si fece più grande

gap

(gӕp) noun
a break or open space. a gap between his teeth.

gap

فَجْوَة mezera åbning Lücke κενό hueco aukko fossé praznina buco 隙間 간격 tussenruimte åpning luka brecha разрыв gap ช่องว่าง boşluk chỗ trống 缺口

gap

n. laguna, vacío; intervalo, abertura.

gap

n espacio, brecha; (in memory) laguna mental; — between your teeth espacio entre los dientes; — in coverage brecha en cobertura
References in classic literature ?
They came to the garden surrounding the old Richmond place and going through a gap in the hedge sat on a wooden bench beneath a bush.
She laughed when she saw the long gap in the satin.
The ominous sounds reached the outer door, and the women and children pressing into the throng, no gap had been left, between shoulder and shoulder, that was not now filled with the dark lineaments of some eager and curious human countenance.
Whether from commiseration for a woman of so miserable a destiny; or from the morbid curiosity that gives a fictitious value even to common or worthless things; or by whatever other intangible circumstance was then, as now, sufficient to bestow, on some persons, what others might seek in vain; or because Hester really filled a gap which must otherwise have remained vacant; it is certain that she had ready and fairly equited employment for as many hours as she saw fit to occupy with her needle.
But as the oarsmen violently forced their boat through the sledge-hammering seas, the before whale-smitten bow-ends of two planks burst through, and in an instant almost, the temporarily disabled boat lay nearly level with the waves; its half-wading, splashing crew, trying hard to stop the gap and bale out the pouring water.
Marija came home, and because she was a person who could not rest without danger of explosion, they first had a great house cleaning, and then she set out to search Packingtown for a job to fill up the gap.
It must shut down," said aunty, with the air of a general, as she squeezed the things in, and sprung upon the lid;--still a little gap remained about the mouth of the trunk.
On arriving at the spot, I was much inclined to suspect that the whole story was a ruse to make us SLOWWK and drink the more at the Handeck Inn, for only a few planks had been carried away, and though there might perhaps have been some difficulty with mules, the gap was certainly not larger than a MMBGLX might cross with a very slight leap.
Miss Watson would say, "Don't put your feet up there, Huckleberry;" and "Don't scrunch up like that, Huckleberry -- set up straight;" and pretty soon she would say, "Don't gap and stretch like that, Huckleberry -- why don't you try to be- have?
As Tom wended to school after breakfast, he was the envy of every boy he met because the gap in his upper row of teeth enabled him to expectorate in a new and admirable way.
It was delightful to be rid of Seesaw's hateful presence; but otherwise the loss of several playmates at one fell swoop made rather a gap in Riverboro's "younger set," and Rebecca was obliged to make friends with the Robinson baby, he being the only long-clothes child in the village that winter.
Once more the dripping rustle of the rain and the steady ticking of the clock filled up the gap of silence.