Meaning of GAP in English

GAP

noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a huge difference/gap etc

The new system has made a huge difference.

bridge the gap between

Alvin managed to bridge the gap between ballet and modern dance.

close the gap

an attempt to close the gap between the rich and poor

fill a gap/hole/niche etc

I spent most of the summer filling the gaps in my education.

The company has moved quickly to fill the niche in the overnight travel market.

gap year

Some students choose to work in high-tech industries during their gap year.

generation gap

leave a space/gap etc

Leave the next two lines blank for the tutor’s comments.

Drivers should always leave room for cyclists.

seal a joint/crack/opening/gap

A quick way to seal awkward gaps is to use a foam filler.

the gender gap (= a difference between men and women )

The gender gap was visible in the way men and women voted during the presidential elections.

the generation gap (= the difference between people of different generations )

This study explores the generation gap between parents and their teenage children.

trade gap

unbridgeable gulf/gap/chasm etc (between sb/sth and sb/sth)

the unbridgeable gulf between the rich and the poor

yawning gap/hole etc

the yawning gap between the two cliffs

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

big

So there were big gaps in the department.

Toussaint, like Evil, had a big gap between his front teeth.

The bigger the gap between the waves, the better.

We find a big gap between corporations and small-business owners.

Apart from the absence of tracks, there are big gaps in the accommodation market.

Finally there was a big enough gap and Shelly's scent came flooding in.

Perhaps the biggest gap in both the Tomlinson report and Making London Better concerns research and postgraduate teaching.

Inside, the glovebox lid didn't fit properly, with a much bigger gap on one side than the other.

great

He too recognised the great gap that yawned between them.

Vainly the artillery of the Federals tore great gaps and paths through this torrent of men....

The greater the amount of planning control, the greater did the gap become.

The wall was crumbling and there were great gaps in it.

Only then did she comprehend the implications of that great , obscene gap .

But a great silent gap remains.

At present we have to rely on several sources of information, which sometimes overlap, and which definitely leave great gaps .

There is a much greater pay gap for women working part-time.

huge

But huge gaps in information remain.

This explains, according to those who took the survey, the huge gender gap .

Foreign and company ownership often leaves a huge gap between boss and keeper and the traditions.

There was a huge gap between aim and achievement in the Carter administration.

Indeed, the appearance of Lonsdale's book reveals and at once remedies a huge gap in the study of women writers.

There is a huge gap in organizing the employer community in the United States.

As a consequence, this junction in the rocks represents a huge gap in the record.

But then Wigan underlined the huge gap in class.

large

Questions to be explored include: How large is the gap between policy assumptions and social reality?

There are, in fact, large data gaps .

As that support may be coming to an end, there may be a large gap .

It was a month before anything was done about the large gap left by a missing pane.

Draw any tacks remaining from previous floor coverings 2 Fill large gaps between boards with strips of wood cut to a wedge-shape.

The large gap between the bassoons and the next woodwind part above is filled by the brass.

I can't remember everything exactly - there are already large gaps in the tying in of facts and diagnosis.

But this evidence still leaves a large gap to be filled between the early fifth century and St Cuthbert's visit.

narrow

And in the end a wadi appeared, a narrow , twisting gap that could protect them.

Darkness was falling rapidly as Campeanu eased his way past the narrow gap .

Rosie O'Dell peered through the narrow gap , her eyes half-shut against the glare of daylight.

Devaluation would also help narrow our trade gap .

Then he eased himself through the narrow gap feet first, and dropped lightly to the floor.

The crew tried to sail her through a narrow gap at a bridge in Purton.

It jerked against the safety-chain, leaving a narrow gap through which he scrambled to safety.

small

It was the smallest gap between the parties since the general election.

The shelf was full, except for a small gap , where it looked as if a book had been taken out.

This model has a narrow suction face which can get into the smallest of gaps .

Being a mere 60 inches wide you can dart and squeeze into even the smallest of gaps .

And the more links that are discovered between mental and neural processes, the smaller the dualist gap becomes.

On the credit side, there is probably a smaller gap between the two generations in outlook and interests.

All photographic emulsions have a small time gap between the beginning of an exposure and when the image starts to appear.

All that was visible was a small gap for his nose; the rest of his head was completely encased in gauze.

wide

The greater danger is that there may be an even wider cultural gap growing between the two philosophies of rugby.

The senator faced an especially wide gap among voters younger than 30 and older than 60.

Without major oil and gas discoveries, there will be a wide gap between demand and supply.

But there is, indeed, still a wide gap in the use of flexibility.

I have indicated that a wide and unacceptable gap exists between central plans and local realities.

But when the national polls are a wide gap , the country is pretty likely to follow.

He came to a wide gap which had been trodden into mud by cattle.

Be truthful Maggie - is 29 years too wide a gap to bridge?

■ NOUN

credibility

Inaccurate though this perception may be, it creates a credibility gap which Peavey must yet cross.

A poor attendance record leads to a credibility gap with superiors. 2.

Why Clinton administration officials have opened such a yawning credibility gap is hard to say.

gender

The gender gap is the difference between these two margins: 16 percentage points.

A large gender gap is not necessarily good news for Democrats, of course.

But the gender gap is not so easily overcome.

It is not even clear that the gender gap is in fact growing.

Conscious of the gender gap , even more are pursuing initiatives targeted specifically at women.

The gender gap is neither expanding nor shrinking.

Republicans were slow to take alarm at the gender gap because it used to work in their favor.

generation

It seemed that he had a foot planted firmly on both sides of the generation gap .

The generation gap is another evil plan.

This versatile book combines communicative activities with information on topics as varied as national customs, food, and the generation gap .

He tells me that they had a discussion in school about the generation gap .

The generation gap creates tension Law is now a young profession.

With class war anaesthetized by the Cold War and affluence, the generation gap and teenagers became a subject for serious observation.

The results were stunningly successful and caught the flavour of Sixties London and the generation gap .

The generation gap here was too wide.

junction

Interestingly, gap junctions in patients with recurrent ulcer were much fewer than in patients with first onset ulcer.

These results suggest that the loss of intercellular communication mediated by gap junctions may be associated with the recurrence of gastric ulcers.

The criterion for a gap junction was a minimum of 20 membrane particles in a plaque.

The patients with gastric ulcer had significantly fewer gap junctions than did the healthy volunteers.

Small gap junctions were observed between gastric surface mucous cells in all healthy volunteers.

There was no obvious relationship between age and the development of gap junctions in patients with gastric ulcer or in healthy volunteers.

These findings suggest that loss of intercellular communication via gap junctions is associated with gastric ulcer formation.

trade

Economists surveyed by Bloomberg Business News projected the trade gap to come in at $ 7. 1 billion.

There was brighter news on the trade front for Britain yesterday, with a £766 million cut in the trade gap .

The narrowing trade gap means that growth in the fourth quarter could be better than expected, said analysts.

He said yesterday his first priorities would be to tackle inflation and the widening trade gap .

The trade gap widened by 3. 4 percent to $ 10. 36 billion, the highest in seven months.

The Government has no little interest in this as the negative food trade gap is about £5.7 billion.

Devaluation would also help narrow our trade gap .

■ VERB

bridge

The approach for bridging this gap is frequently called a strategy.

In short, leaders attempt to bridge the gap between idealism and pragmatism.

He saw how Simpson kept trying to get back to the leaders-but could not bridge the gap .

He bridges that gap between the Old and the New.

They would drink side by side with City workers, but would never quite bridge the communication gap .

close

But it has closed the gap slightly.

While the list of proposed transportation projects is being refined, possible methods to close the funding gap are being considered.

Boughton Hall closed the gap with an eight wicket triumph at Huyton.

In recent years, California sparkling wines have been closing the style gap as well.

A great deal of work is needed to close that conceptual gap .

Women are closing the math gap .

Gretna, meanwhile, are hoping to close the gap on leaders Murton by beating Ferryhill at Raydale Park.

Like Schüssler Fiorenza, Phyllis Trible seeks to close the gap between past and present.

exist

Even now, in the late 1980s, schools continue to attempt to bridge the cultural gap which exists between races.

I have indicated that a wide and unacceptable gap exists between central plans and local realities.

New editions will essentially be cumulations and therefore a longer gap will exist between editions.

Much of this equipment is complex, some is in need of upgrading, and some gaps exist .

The gap in earnings has existed throughout this century.

In some areas of work there is an overlap in functions and in other gaps exist .

fill

A non-statutory body with gifts from concerned members of the public can fill such gaps .

Two bonus programs fill in that gap: First, Honda pays an attendance bonus.

So I can colour my hair to fill in the gap .

Corporate social scientists now candidly admit that with the disintegration of traditional social structures, companies have filled the gap .

We know some general facts, and we can begin to fill in the gaps in our understanding.

I suspect that if the government gets out of the way, more charities will eagerly fill whatever gap is created.

They help fill the gap between the constitutional formality and the political reality.

Sales of gold from central banks were needed to fill the gap , Gold Fields said.

grow

There's still a growing gap between the rich and poor, despite the increasing popularity of the Internet.

Some one else must shout warnings about the growing gap between income levels in this nation.

Nettles grew everywhere, and ragwort, and the wall itself was thick with plants growing in every available gap .

help

This project is intended to help fill the gap .

He advocates forming private foundations and approaching agricultural and manufacturing businesses to help bridge the gap in state financing.

But curricular and assessment arrangements should aim to raise expectations and to help to narrow the gap wherever possible.

An attempt will be made to identify best practice, to help bridge the gap between theoretical prescriptions and practical modelling procedures.

Devaluation would also help narrow our trade gap .

They help fill the gap between the constitutional formality and the political reality.

I suggested that perhaps I could help him fill in gaps in his memory.

The housing directory will help bridge this gap - although the proposed legal aid cuts do cast a cloud over this.

identify

Laura had always been able to identify gaps in the market and fill them.

Always have others read over your material in order to identify gaps , flaws and oversights of various kinds.

The current review of the Structure Plan identified the gap in conservation measures.

It works by identifying the key skill gaps and providing a structured approach to the delivery of the training.

The Committee identified some of the gaps in research as related to inadequate statistical information, particularly in central government.

As well as suggesting possible improvements, older people may also identify gaps in their local council services.

leave

It is important to leave a gap between the water surface and the drip tray to allow this.

His passing leaves a sore gap in his family circle and in his wider circle of friends and acquaintances.

At the time Cook was concentrating on smaller, more select parties which left a gap in the market for larger tours.

But this evidence still leaves a large gap to be filled between the early fifth century and St Cuthbert's visit.

They had left a gap in the life of the city.

Some caves - usually small - are formed when blocks of rock have moved relative to each other, leaving a gap .

It leaves gaps , as if certain musicians had left the orchestra.

It has left a gap in our hearts, through which the wind is still whistling.

open

It fits into conventional cisterns, and works by opening an air gap in the siphon as soon as the handle is released.

Zanardi opened up a four-second gap over second-place Brian Herta, which Herta made up with a good pit stop.

And the task of avoiding gaps was not simple: two factors could distort the wall vertically and open up gaps.

Then Stanford whips in and opens the gap .

plug

Insurance companies aim to plug the gap .

Many professionals said this failed to plug a gap in the Children Act.

Small businesses are crying out for workers, and poor foreigners plug a gap .

The remaining people would become overburdened trying to plug the gaps .

A lack of adequate reserves means the company will have to plug the gap using other resources.

McAllister spelled out what's needed to start plugging the 11-point gap between themselves and leaders Norwich.

The expatriate's role is often poorly defined; instead of genuine capacity building, expatriates simply plug gaps .

He hopes that I may be able, in some way, to plug the gap in his family history.

seal

A day that was meant to bring them closer, to seal the gap that he felt was developing between them.

However, these strips will not seal large gaps and should be replaced every two years.

show

Census Bureau data shows a widening gap between rich and poor since 1968, which has become increasingly wider in recent years.

I have tried to show the real gap between Labour and the Conservative party and Government on matters of law and order.

It goes to show you the gap between reality and virtual reality in military thinking.

Family Expenditure Survey data also show the widening gap between the incomes of lone parents and the incomes of couples with children.

try

She didn't try to disguise the gap it left behind by drawing the other suits together.

So Monnens decided to try to bridge the gap between advertisers and Web sites.

Why not try to close the gap from the top down?

Mr Premadasa tried to close the gap between Sinhalese and Tamils.

The aim of this research is to try and fill the gap .

A new association within Federchimica has been formed to try close this gap .

widen

In fact, many recent developments have served to widen the gap between North and South.

The net result of war making by way of symbols is to widen the actual gap between luxury and poverty.

A survey by the Engineering Industry Training Board found that the technology widened the gap between people with different levels of skills.

Often they promise improvements at much greater cost, widening the gap between the possible and the affordable.

The outcome could have widened the already-growing gap between rich and poor and profoundly affected our economic prosperity for decades.

To its opponents, however, the poll tax will reduce civil liberties and widen the gap between rich and poor.

Census Bureau data shows a widening gap between rich and poor since 1968, which has become increasingly wider in recent years.

yawn

The yawning gap between the two was deeply worrying.

Why Clinton administration officials have opened such a yawning credibility gap is hard to say.

Some see a yawning culture gap between conservatives and liberals.

To a yawning gap in how I see the world and how the world sees me.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a wide variation/difference/gap etc

But there is, indeed, still a wide gap in the use of flexibility.

But when the national polls are a wide gap, the country is pretty likely to follow.

Just as there may be a wide variation in the inputs, so may the outputs vary.

Solids exhibit a wide variation in rigidity.

The second column also shows that there is a wide variation between regions in the proportion of exports to foreign debt.

There is a wide difference between promise and performance.

Waiting time by specialty is meaningless as it conceals a wide variation among consultants' clinics.

Within the general waste type shown in these figures exists a wide variation.

credibility gap

A poor attendance record leads to a credibility gap with superiors. 2.

Inaccurate though this perception may be, it creates a credibility gap which Peavey must yet cross.

Why Clinton administration officials have opened such a yawning credibility gap is hard to say.

plug the gap

The mayor wants to raise property taxes to plug the gap in the budget.

A lack of adequate reserves means the company will have to plug the gap using other resources.

Creches, Back to Nursing courses and Nurse Banks emerged as a means of plugging the gap.

He hopes that I may be able, in some way, to plug the gap in his family history.

Insurance companies aim to plug the gap.

The remaining people would become overburdened trying to plug the gaps.

They are meant to plug the gaps in the trade embargo that has been in force for almost a year.

yawning gap/gulf/chasm (between sth)

A yawning gap was forecast between anticipated social expenditures and resources.

In publishing the Hepplewhite Guide the Taylors were filling a yawning gap.

Passion 57% A yawning chasm opens up after these four attributes.

The yawning gap between the two was deeply worrying.

There are yawning gulfs stretching down into the abyss which have often swallowed up cities that have fallen into them.

There is and always has been a yawning gap at the budget end of the amplifier market.

There was nothing there but a terrible, yawning gap.

To a yawning gap in how I see the world and how the world sees me.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

an uncomfortable gap in the conversation

Freddie managed to squeeze through a gap in the fence and run away.

Melanie's dentist says that as she gets older the gap between her two front teeth will disappear.

Melianthus is a good plant for filling in gaps in flower borders.

Sharon has a gap between her two front teeth.

The gap between rich and poor is wider in the South than in the rest of the country.

The age gap between us didn't seem to matter until we decided to have children.

The gate was locked but we managed to get through a gap in the fence.

The light was coming through a tiny gap under the door.

There's a ten-year gap between Kay's two children.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

It ain't a door or nothing - it's just a big gap in the wall.

Later, electrically powered calculators and analog computers bridged the gap to the first primitive digital computers.

Short gaps are thus more probable than long ones.

The greater the amount of planning control, the greater did the gap become.

The new interest in growth is sure to widen that gap .

These activities bridge the gap in comprehension and familiarity that the interface creates.

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