from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To make an opening in.
- intransitive v. To be or become open.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. A sheltered area of coast between two cliffs (mostly restricted to place names).
- n. The regions between the outfielders.
- n. The shortfall between the amount the medical insurer will pay to the service provider and the scheduled fee for the item.
- v. To notch, as a sword or knife.
- v. To make an opening in; to breach.
- v. To check the size of a gap.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. The vertical distance between two superposed surfaces, esp. in a biplane.
- transitive v. To notch, as a sword or knife.
- transitive v. To make an opening in; to breach.
from The 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English, from Old Norse, chasm.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse gap ("chasm"), related to Old Norse gapa ("to gape"); compare gape. (Wiktionary)