Definition of gap in English:



  • 1A break or hole in an object or between two objects.

    ‘he peeped through the gap in the curtains’
    • ‘Last summer when the park shut at 8pm, teenagers would sneak through a gap in the hedge and congregate in groups.’
    • ‘After the molding is put up, use wood putty to fill visible nail holes and small gaps for a seamless look.’
    • ‘The gaps in the cotoneaster hedge were plugged with holly and box.’
    • ‘So after all my regular warnings about the right way to clip hedges, you find yourself with a hedge that has gaps all along its base.’
    • ‘In the distance where the land dips away, neighbouring fields are surrounded by scrubby hedges with large gaps.’
    • ‘We ended up with scaffolds built from these approaches that only had small holes where the gaps were.’
    • ‘The metal work done on the aft booms was of poor quality, with putty applied in an attempt to cover over gaps around screw holes.’
    • ‘There should not be any holes or gaps at the bottom of the fence or around the gate.’
    • ‘Yesterday we plugged the gap in the hedge with two new buddleia plants.’
    • ‘Once we got there, we crept through the small gap in the overgrown hedges that served as the entranceway.’
    • ‘Shafts of light danced in through gaps between the planks.’
    • ‘Select a tree that is uniformly shaped on all sides without gaps or holes where branches are broken or missing.’
    • ‘A lack of legs helps them fit into tight gaps and crevices and down narrow holes.’
    • ‘An officer patrolling the Murton area in the early hours of today noticed a large gap in the hedge on Moor Lane and investigated.’
    • ‘But in my rush I could not find a gap in the hedge to get through to the main road.’
    • ‘These holes, and the gaps left by her quickly vanishing superstructure allowed easy and safe access for divers.’
    • ‘The rain entered the building through literally hundreds of ducts, gaps, cracks, crevices and half-open windows and vents.’
    • ‘However, there were gaps around the curtain where you could see inside.’
    • ‘Radon from the ground gets into buildings mainly through cracks in floors or gaps around pipes or cables.’
    • ‘He watches carefully where he treads so as to avoid some of the bigger holes and gaps between the half-rotten floorboards.’
    opening, aperture, space, breach, chink, slit, slot, vent, crack, crevice, cranny, cavity, hole, orifice, interstice, perforation, break, fracture, rift, rent, fissure, cleft, divide, discontinuity
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    1. 1.1A pass or way through a range of hills.
      [as name] ‘Watford Gap’
      • ‘It is quite literally a gap in the mountains and the largest town in the southern alps.’
      • ‘The bison pour through a gap in the hills and are in the corrals in just a few minutes.’
      • ‘They have 160 km of through road with a few side tracks leading to the gaps and gorges nearby.’
      • ‘His hilltop castle commands the only broad gap through the Purbeck hills.’
      • ‘It had to pass through gaps in the high mountain range to reach Wamena.’
      • ‘Once the Bealach Gaothach is reached, below Kilbride Hill, look for a gap in the forest boundary below.’
      • ‘The village was built on a hill with deep gaps around it.’
      • ‘Plans to build a road through the gap have stirred up strong feelings on both sides of the long-running debate.’
      route, way, road, narrow road, passage, cut, gorge, canyon, ravine, gully, defile, col, couloir
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  • 2A space or interval; a break in continuity.

    ‘there are many gaps in our understanding of what happened’
    • ‘The work of COMGAS is diverse and eclectic, connected by a desire to explore the gaps and spaces in the fabric of cultural production.’
    • ‘This will then leave a major gap in the trained, professional sector in years to come.’
    • ‘Faculty losses have left gaps in the geography department.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, this book nicely fills some gaps in the literature on Southern slavery.’
    • ‘What struck him while interviewing him were the gaps in his life story.’
    • ‘Like Patricia, they want to fill in the missing gaps, the apparent holes and spaces in the very surface of the text.’
    • ‘Career gaps are no longer viewed with suspicion and they can actually enhance your prospects, she writes.’
    • ‘These seem to fill in the gaps between the different excerpts that make up most of the book.’
    • ‘Critical gaps extracted from different reference-line scenarios were also examined.’
    • ‘When considering social issues in particular judges must not substitute their own views to fill gaps.’
    • ‘In one cut, the film leaps across great gaps in time and space - only a press kit could tell me what was supposed to have happened.’
    • ‘However a lapse of almost two years since the last scheme has left a gap in continuity.’
    • ‘If there is such a collective acceptance of holes and gaps in the theory of evolution then why is there such loyalty to only the one idea.’
    • ‘The gap in the current literature exists when we consider race and gender.’
    • ‘However, work would need to be undertaken with the organisations to ensure a full review of the situation identifies any gaps or overlaps in the current system.’
    • ‘A biography would bore her, she says, preferring to fill in the gaps left by earlier writers and to give them a fresh, contemporary perspective.’
    • ‘So, unfortunately, we have a huge gap in our knowledge.’
    • ‘They describe some gaps in the literature and provide some suggestions for future research.’
    • ‘Some processors are working with third parties to identify gaps in their security situation.’
    • ‘For example, when a nurse cares for two or more patients and must divide attention between them there is a potential for gaps in the continuity of care.’
    pause, intermission, interval, interlude, delay, break, breathing space, breather, respite, hiatus
    omission, blank, blank space, empty space, lacuna, hiatus, void, vacuity
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    1. 2.1A difference, especially an undesirable one, between two views or situations.
      ‘the media were bridging the gap between government and people’
      • ‘The next government must close the gaps between different strands of support services.’
      • ‘If closing the gap between different income brackets is the name of the game, let it be across the board.’
      • ‘There is a huge gap between rich and poor countries across a range of health measures.’
      • ‘Equality campaigners believe the move is a major step forward in trying to close the gender pay gap.’
      • ‘Employers are ditching company schemes, yet no-one seems to be bridging the gap with private savings.’
      • ‘Our children will never have equal opportunity unless, once and for all, we close the ever-widening achievement gap.’
      • ‘As a result, salary gaps between different sports and between individual players can be quite large.’
      • ‘Fortunately, there are players out there who are bridging the gap between art and entertainment.’
      • ‘Bridging the gap between paper and the network - this is the most important new technology for a decade.’
      • ‘It simply made no difference because the gap between reality and policy is irreconcilable.’
      • ‘How many times over the years has the music industry played up records bridging the gap between jazz and hip hop?’
      • ‘We also confronted the challenges and exerted our utmost efforts to bridge the various gaps and differences existing in the region.’
      • ‘The festival in June aims to bridge the gap between different periods and traditions.’
      • ‘A widening gender pay gap is created and overall, working mothers' employment potential becomes limited.’
      • ‘This gap is the difference between a firm's present distribution system and the potential for it to be increased.’
      • ‘Someday we'll have the will again to tackle all the other gaps that divide us.’
      • ‘A wide gap exists between the majority of the government and the wishes of the people.’
      • ‘In all of the eight categories massive price gaps or quote differentials existed.’
      • ‘But his chances of bridging the gap with only five racing days to go are virtually non-existent.’
      • ‘He said the Government had an historic opportunity to close the growing income gap in Ireland.’
      chasm, gulf, rift, polarity, split, separation, breach
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Middle English: from Old Norse, chasm; related to gape.