Meaning of GAP in English


I. ˈgap noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse, chasm, hole; akin to Old Norse gapa to gape

Date: 14th century


a. : a break in a barrier (as a wall, hedge, or line of military defense)

b. : an assailable position


a. : a mountain pass

b. : ravine

3. : spark gap


a. : a separation in space

b. : an incomplete or deficient area

a gap in her knowledge

5. : a break in continuity : hiatus

6. : a break in the vascular cylinder of a plant where a vascular trace departs from the central cylinder

7. : lack of balance : disparity

the gap between imports and exports

8. : a wide difference in character or attitude

the generation gap

9. : a problem caused by some disparity

a communication gap

credibility gap

• gap·py ˈga-pē adjective

II. verb

( gapped ; gap·ping )

Date: 1879

transitive verb

1. : to make an opening in

2. : to adjust the space between the electrodes of (a spark plug)

intransitive verb

: to fall or stand open

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