What does gap mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gap, spread(noun)

    a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures

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

  2. 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"

  3. gap, crack(noun)

    a narrow opening

    "he opened the window a crack"

  4. col, gap(noun)

    a pass between mountain peaks

  5. gap(noun)

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

  6. break, interruption, disruption, gap(verb)

    an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

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

  7. gap, breach(verb)

    make an opening or gap in


  1. gap(Noun)

    An opening in anything made by breaking or parting.

  2. gap(Noun)

    An opening allowing passage or entrance.

    We can slip through that gap.

  3. gap(Noun)

    An opening that implies a breach or defect.

    There is a gap between the roof and the gutter.

  4. gap(Noun)

    A vacant space or time.

    I have a gap in my schedule next Tuesday.

  5. gap(Noun)

    A hiatus.

    I'm taking a gap.

  6. gap(Noun)

    A mountain or hill pass.

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

  7. gap(Noun)

    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. gap(Noun)

    The regions between the outfielders.

    Jones doubled through the gap.

  9. gap(Noun)

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

  10. gap(Verb)

    To notch, as a sword or knife.

  11. gap(Verb)

    To make an opening in; to breach.

  12. gap(Verb)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gap(noun)

    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

    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.]

  2. Gap(verb)

    to notch, as a sword or knife

    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.]

  3. Gap(verb)

    to make an opening in; to breach

    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.

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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. AGP

  2. GPA

  3. PGA

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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. Kalpana Kochhar:

    The BOJ basically looks at inflation expectations and the output gap. Even if we were to lower our forecast, we see the output gap closing, as long as there's not a very sharp decline in either, one could say (the BOJ is) on the right path.

  2. Joanna Heywood:

    Impact investment might be a temporary thing - it might be a catalyst for local finance providers to step in and replace impact investors, but in the meantime, there is a role for it, because there really is that gap.

  3. Melissa Boteach:

    There is such a big gap between what is needed and what was allocated. We absolutely need the federal government to provide more funding, or we're going to have people who desperately need child care and can't find it, there is no economic reopening without child care.

  4. Nicholas II of Russia:

    “First Baptist of Ivy Gap

  5. Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer:

    He's nice, approachable. He's good to go out for a drink or a bite to eat with. He's not the type who likes conflict, he's a stop-gap because they couldn't find a strong external candidate.

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Translations for gap

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  • فراغArabic
  • otvorCzech
  • Ritze, Ritz, Spalte, SpaltGerman
  • κενόGreek
  • brechaSpanish
  • pragu, lõheEstonian
  • aukko, tehdä, merkki, aukkopaikka, sola, tarkistaaFinnish
  • trouer, solution de continuité, trouée, brèche, entailler, écart, colFrench
  • hézagHungarian
  • interruzione, spazio vuoto, fessura, breccia, buco, passaggio, aperturaItalian
  • 間隙Japanese
  • mokorawhāMāori
  • luke, tomrom, lomme, mellomrom, gap, åpning, spalteNorwegian
  • dziura, okienko, szpara, szczelina, przerwaPolish
  • fenda, brechaPortuguese
  • разры́в, зазо́р, переры́в, брешь, промежу́ток, проло́м, щель, окно́, интерва́л, люфт, дыра́, уще́лье, прохо́дRussian
  • mwanyaSwahili
  • isikhalaZulu

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