Pronunciation Noun

gap (plural gaps)

  1. An opening in anything made by breaking or parting.
    He made a gap in the fence by kicking at a weak spot.
  2. An opening allowing passage or entrance.
    We can slip through that gap between the buildings.
  3. An opening that implies a breach or defect.
    There is a gap between the roof and the gutter.
  4. A vacant space or time.
    I have a gap in my schedule next Tuesday.
  5. A hiatus, a pause in something which is otherwise continuous.
    I'm taking a gap.
    You must wait for a gap in the traffic before crossing the road.
  6. A vacancy, deficit, absence, or lack.
    Their departure has left a gap in the workforce.
    Find words to fill the gaps in an incomplete sentence.
    She has a gap in her teeth. (see also gap-toothed)
  7. A mountain or hill pass.
    The exploring party went through the high gap in the mountains.
  8. (Sussex) 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.
  9. (baseball) The regions between the outfielders.
    Jones doubled through the gap.
  10. (Australia, for a medical or pharmacy item) The shortfall between the amount the medical insurer will pay to the service provider and the scheduled fee for the item.
    • 2008, Eileen Willis, Louise Reynolds, Helen Keleher, Understanding the Australian Health Care System, [ page 5],
      Under bulk billing the patient does not pay a gap, and the medical practitioner receives 85% of the scheduled fee.
  11. (AU) (usually written as "the gap") The disparity between the indigenous and non-indigenous communities with regard to life expectancy, education, health, etc.
  12. (genetics) An unsequenced region in a sequence alignment.
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  • French: col
  • Russian: прохо́д

gap (gaps, present participle gapping; past and past participle gapped)

  1. (transitive) To notch, as a sword or knife.
  2. (transitive) To make an opening in; to breach.
  3. (transitive) To check the size of a gap.
    I gapped all the spark plugs in my car, but then realized I had used the wrong manual and had made them too small.
Translations Translations Noun

gap (plural gaps)

  1. Alternative form of gup#English|gup elected head of a gewog in Bhutan

Proper noun
  1. A town/non-city capital in Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Proper noun
  1. Initialism of w:Great Ape Project

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