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 (gāp, găp)
intr.v. gaped, gap·ing, gapes
1. To open the mouth wide.
2. To stare wonderingly or stupidly, often with the mouth open. See Synonyms at gaze.
3. To be or become open or wide: Holes gaped in the ceiling.
1. The act or an instance of gaping: a scoring move that elicited gapes from her teammates.
2. A large opening: a gape in the sail.
a. The mouth, especially when open.
b. Zoology The width of the space between the open jaws or mandibles of a vertebrate.
4. gapes(used with a sing. verb) A disease of birds, especially young domesticated chickens and turkeys, caused by gapeworms and resulting in obstructed breathing.
5. gapes A fit of yawning.

[Middle English gapen, from Old Norse gapa.]


n (functioning as singular)
1. (Veterinary Science) a disease of young domestic fowl, characterized by gaping or gasping for breath and caused by gapeworms
2. informal a fit of yawning
ˈgapy adj


(geɪps, gæps)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
1. a parasitic disease of poultry and other birds, characterized by frequent gaping due to infestation of the trachea and bronchi with gapeworms.
2. a fit of yawning.
References in classic literature ?
Like those who stand in the street and gape at the passers-by: thus do they also wait, and gape at the thoughts which others have thought.
Gauge thy gape with buck or goat, Lest thine eye should choke thy throat, After gorging, wouldst thou sleep?
That meaning at least, while he gaped, it offered him; for he could but gape at his other self in this other anguish, gape as a proof that HE, standing there for the achieved, the enjoyed, the triumphant life, couldn't be faced in his triumph.
All of these people stared at me, talked about me, ran into the huts and fetched out their families to gape at me; but no- body ever noticed that other fellow, except to make him humble salutation and get no response for their pains.
Probably the mother during an important interval was sailing down the Peruvian coast, when earthquakes caused the beach to gape.
Mr Gapes, Labour MP for Ilford South, told national radio he was "deeply concerned" at the lack of an appearance before the influential committee to date, ahead of the summit on June 20.
In short-term laboratory experiments, the valve gapes of mussels were monitored by means of a digital camera taking a picture every 10 min.