Meaning of OPENING in English


ˈōp(ə)niŋ, -pnēŋ noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from gerund of openen to open


a. : an act or instance of making or becoming open

the slow opening of the door

the opening of distant markets

b. : an act or instance of beginning : a first step toward starting or activating (as of an enterprise)

the opening of two new stores helped the neighborhood

especially : a formal and usually public event by which something new is put officially into operation

the mayor spoke at the opening of the new bridge

2. : something that is open: as


(1) : breach , aperture

planned the openings for the doors and windows

(2) : an open width : spread , span

b. : an indentation of water into land : strait , bay , gulf

c. : an area without trees or with scattered usually mature trees that occurs as a break in a forest — compare oak opening

d. : two pages that face one another in a book

e. : the daily beginning of trading on an exchange ; also : the prices of the initial transaction in a particular stock or commodity futures contract on an exchange

3. : something that constitutes a beginning : an initial stage, instance, part, or event

the opening of his speech


a. : a lawyer's statement of his case prior to adducing evidence

b. : the first phase of a game (as of chess or cards) ; specifically : a planned series of moves made at the beginning of a game of chess or checkers — compare end game , middle game

c. : the introductory and often burlesque part of a pantomime — compare harlequinade

d. : a first performance (as of a play or an artist)


a. : something (as a circumstance) that constitutes an opportunity or occasion

waiting for an opening to tell his story

b. : a professional or business vacancy : an opportunity for employment

there are always openings for qualified engineers

c. : a scoring opportunity in a sports competition especially as a result of a mistake or lapse by the opponent

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