What does gap mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word gap.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gap, spreadnoun

    a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures

    "gap between income and outgo"; "the spread between lending and borrowing costs"

  2. opening, gapnoun

    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"

  3. gap, cracknoun

    a narrow opening

    "he opened the window a crack"

  4. col, gapnoun

    a pass between mountain peaks

  5. gapnoun

    a difference (especially an unfortunate difference) between two opinions or two views or two situations

  6. break, interruption, disruption, gapverb

    an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

    "it was presented without commercial breaks"; "there was a gap in his account"

  7. gap, breachverb

    make an opening or gap in


  1. gapnoun

    An opening in anything made by breaking or parting.

  2. gapnoun

    An opening allowing passage or entrance.

    We can slip through that gap.

  3. gapnoun

    An opening that implies a breach or defect.

    There is a gap between the roof and the gutter.

  4. gapnoun

    A vacant space or time.

    I have a gap in my schedule next Tuesday.

  5. gapnoun

    A hiatus.

    I'm taking a gap.

  6. gapnoun

    A mountain or hill pass.

    The exploring party went through the high gap in the mountains.

  7. gapnoun

    A sheltered area of coast between two cliffs (mostly restricted to place names).

    At Birling Gap we can stop and go have a picnic on the beach.

  8. gapnoun

    The regions between the outfielders.

    Jones doubled through the gap.

  9. gapnoun

    The shortfall between the amount the medical insurer will pay to the service provider and the scheduled fee for the item.

  10. gapverb

    To notch, as a sword or knife.

  11. gapverb

    To make an opening in; to breach.

  12. gapverb

    To check the size of a gap.

    I gapped all the sparkplugs in my car then realized I used the wrong manual and had made them too small.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gapnoun

    Etymology: from gape.

    Behold the despair,
    By custom and covetous pates,
    By gaps and opening of gates. Thomas Tusser, Husbandry.

    With terrours and with furies to the bounds
    And crystal wall of heav’n; which, opening wide,
    Roll’d inward, and a spacious gap disclos’d
    Into the wasteful deep. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi.

    Bushes are most lasting of any for dead hedges, or to mend gaps. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    I sought for a man, says God, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me, for the land that I should not destroy it. John Rogers, Sermon 18.

    The loss of that strong city concerned the Christian commonweal: manifold and lamentable miseries afterwards ensued by the opening of that gap, not unto the kingdom of Hungary only, but to all that side of Christendom. Richard Knolles.

    He’s made master
    O’ th’ rolls and the king’s secretary: further
    Stands in the gap, and treads for more preferment. William Shakespeare.

    So stands the Thracian herdsman with his spear
    Full in the gap, and hopes the hunted bear,
    And hears him rustling in the wood. Dryden.

    The former kings of England passed into them a great part of their prerogatives; which though then it was well intended, and perhaps well deserved, yet now such a gap of mischief lies open thereby, that I could wish it were well stopt. Edmund Spenser.

    If you violently proceed against him, mistaking his purpose, it would make a great gap in your honour. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Nor is it any botch or gap at all in the works of nature. Henry More, Antidote against Atheism.

    Each one demand, and answer to his part
    Perform’d in this wide gap of time, since first
    We were dissever’d. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    That I might sleep out this great gap of time my Antony is away. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    To make ’twixt words and lines huge gaps,
    Wide as meridians in maps. Hudibras, p. ii. cant. 3.

    One can revive a languishing conversation by a sudden surprising sentence; another is more dexterous in seconding; a third can fill the gap with laughing. Jonathan Swift, Genteel Conversat.

    The hiatus, or gap between two words, is caused by two vowels opening on each other. Alexander Pope.

    His policy consists in setting traps,
    In finding ways and means, and stopping gaps. Jonathan Swift.


  1. gap

    A gap generally refers to an empty space or interval, a break in continuity, a missing part, or a discrepancy. It can be used in various contexts such as science, technology, business, education, and social issues. It typically implies a difference or disparity between two things, a lack or void that needs to be filled, or a distance that needs to be bridged.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gapnoun

    an opening in anything made by breaking or parting; as, a gap in a fence; 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

  2. Gapverb

    to notch, as a sword or knife

  3. Gapverb

    to make an opening in; to breach

  4. Etymology: [OE. gap; cf. Icel. gap an empty space, Sw. gap mouth, breach, abyss, Dan. gab mouth, opening, AS. geap expanse; as adj., wide, spacious. See Gape.]


  1. Gap

    Gap is a census-designated place and town in Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with a zip code of 17527. The population was 1,931 at the 2010 census. It is the terminus for four Pennsylvania highways: 772, 741, 897, and the heavily-used 41, which goes toward Wilmington, DE.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gap

    gap, n. an opening made by rupture or parting: a cleft: a passage: a deep ravine in a mountain-ridge: any breach of continuity.—v.t. to notch: to make a gap in.—adjs. Gap′py, full of gaps; Gap-toothed, lacking some of the teeth.—Stand in the gap, to stand forward in active defence of something; Stop a gap, to repair a defect, close a breach. [M. E. gappe—Ice. gap, an opening.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. gap

    An area within a minefield or obstacle belt, free of live mines or obstacles, whose width and direction will allow a friendly force to pass through in tactical formation. See also phoney minefield.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. gap

    A chasm in the land, which, when near, is useful as a landmark.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. gap

    An opening for a passage or entrance; an opening which implies a breach. To stand in the gap, to expose one’s self for the protection of something; to make defense against any assailing danger. To stop a gap, to secure a weak point; to repair a defect.

  2. gap

    A small town of France, capital of the department Hautes Alps. It was sacked and almost wholly reduced to ashes by Victor Amadeus of Savoy in 1692.

Suggested Resources

  1. GAP

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gap' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3004

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gap' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2651

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gap' in Nouns Frequency: #1017

Anagrams for gap »

  1. PGA

  2. GPA

  3. AGP

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gap in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of gap in a Sentence

  1. Timothy Gibson:

    There is strong fossil evidence that red algae existed over a billion years ago, and we know the red and green algae diverged from a common ancestor, so, although this doesnt fundamentally change the way Ill think about theevolutionof life, the discovery of this green algal fossil helps fill an important gap and strengthens an emerging timeline for the evolution of early, complex life.

  2. The IMF:

    The output gap could close more abruptly, through a policy-induced recession, with negative spillovers for the global economy.

  3. William Spriggs:

    The racial wealth gap is the accumulation of advantage, wealth is savings in many forms. It could be in assets like homes, stock, land and many those things don't go away. When somebody amasses that it just keeps being passed forward and the children are standing on somebody's financial shoulders.

  4. John Hannah:

    Too many times, too many administrations, every president eventually gets mugged by reality on this and comes to the conclusion that as hard as it is to live with Saudi Arabia as close partners, given the huge gap in values that exists between the two societies, it's even much harder to have to deal with them as potential adversaries or as an unfriendly country, they just remain too important.

  5. Zach Perret:

    People are trying digital finance for the first time, it's going from an attitude where people think,' I do my banking in person,' or,' I do financial services in person,' to an attitude of thinking,' I could use these digital services.' Breaking that zero-to-one gap, that's the biggest gap.

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  • فراغArabic
  • otvorCzech
  • Spalt, Spalte, Ritz, RitzeGerman
  • κενόGreek
  • brechaSpanish
  • lõhe, praguEstonian
  • sola, aukkopaikka, merkki, tarkistaa, aukko, tehdäFinnish
  • trouée, trouer, solution de continuité, entailler, écart, brèche, colFrench
  • hézagHungarian
  • fessura, passaggio, buco, interruzione, spazio vuoto, breccia, aperturaItalian
  • 間隙Japanese
  • mokorawhāMāori
  • lomme, åpning, luke, gap, tomrom, mellomrom, spalteNorwegian
  • szpara, dziura, przerwa, szczelina, okienkoPolish
  • brecha, fendaPortuguese
  • проло́м, уще́лье, прохо́д, дыра́, люфт, интерва́л, окно́, щель, промежу́ток, брешь, переры́в, зазо́р, разры́вRussian
  • mwanyaSwahili
  • khoảng cachVietnamese
  • isikhalaZulu

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