Definitions for openingˈoʊ pə nɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•pen•ingˈoʊ pə nɪŋ(n.)

  1. an act or instance of making or becoming open.

  2. an unobstructed or unoccupied space or place.

  3. a hole or void in solid matter.

  4. the act of beginning; start.

  5. the first part or initial stage of anything.

  6. an employment vacancy.

  7. an opportunity; chance.

  8. the formal or official beginning of an activity, event, presentation, etc. a celebration marking this.

  9. the statement of the case made by legal counsel to the court or jury before presenting evidence.

    Category: Law

  10. a mode of beginning a game.

    Category: Checkers and Chess

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. opening, gap(noun)

    an open or empty space in or between things

    "there was a small opening between the trees"; "the explosion made a gap in the wall"

  2. opening(noun)

    a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise

  3. opening(noun)

    becoming open or being made open

    "the opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for"

  4. opening, opening night, curtain raising(noun)

    the first performance (as of a theatrical production)

    "the opening received good critical reviews"

  5. opening(noun)

    the act of opening something

    "the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"

  6. opening(noun)

    opportunity especially for employment or promotion

    "there is an opening in the sales department"

  7. opening(noun)

    the initial part of the introduction

    "the opening established the basic theme"

  8. possibility, possible action, opening(noun)

    a possible alternative

    "bankruptcy is always a possibility"

  9. orifice, opening, porta(noun)

    an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity

    "the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart"

  10. opening(noun)

    a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made

    "they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"

  11. hatchway, opening, scuttle(noun)

    an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship

  12. opening, chess opening(noun)

    a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess

    "he memorized all the important chess openings"

  13. first step, initiative, opening move, opening(adj)

    the first of a series of actions

  14. opening(adj)

    first or beginning

    "the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth"; "the play's opening scene"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. opening(noun)ˈoʊ pə nɪŋ

    a gap or hole in sth

    an opening in the wall

  2. openingˈoʊ pə nɪŋ

    an opportunity

    The meeting will provide an opening for discussion.

  3. openingˈoʊ pə nɪŋ

    a job that is available

    There is an opening for a French teacher at the school.

  4. openingˈoʊ pə nɪŋ

    when a new business, building, etc. opens or starts

    the official opening of the homeless shelter

  5. openingˈoʊ pə nɪŋ

    an opening that is celebrated or advertised

    a sale to celebrate our grand opening

  6. opening(adjective)ˈoʊ pə nɪŋ

    happening at the beginning of sth

    The opening line of the play.; his opening move in the chess match


  1. opening(Noun)

    A hole; a gap; a crevice.

  2. opening(Noun)

    The first few moves in a game of chess.

    John spends two hours a day studying openings, and another two hours studying endgames.

  3. opening(Noun)

    An unoccupied employment position.

    We have an opening in our marketing department.

  4. opening(Noun)

    The first performance of a show or play by a particular troupe.

    They were disappointed at the turnout for their opening, but hoped that word would spread.

  5. opening(Noun)

    The initial period a show at an art gallery or museum is first opened, especially the first evening.

  6. opening(Noun)

    The first few measures of a musical composition.

  7. opening(Noun)

    A time available for an appointment.

    If you'd like to make a booking with us, we have an opening at twelve o'clock.

  8. opening(Noun)

    A chance to make progress in a game, for example to score a goal.


  1. Opening

    In mathematical morphology, opening is the dilation of the erosion of a set A by a structuring element B: where and denote erosion and dilation, respectively. Together with closing, the opening serves in computer vision and image processing as a basic workhorse of morphological noise removal. Opening removes small objects from the foreground of an image, placing them in the background, while closing removes small holes in the foreground, changing small islands of background into foreground. These techniques can also be used to find specific shapes in an image. Opening can be used to find things into which a specific structuring element can fit. One can think of B sweeping around the inside of the boundary of A, so that it does not extend beyond the boundary, and shaping the A boundary around the boundary of the element.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opening' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2064

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opening' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2723

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opening' in Nouns Frequency: #859

Translations for opening

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a hole; a clear or open space

an opening in the fence/forest.

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