Definition of gaping in English:

gaping

adjective

  • (of a hole, wound, etc.) wide open:

    ‘there was a gaping hole in the wall’
    • ‘The door waits to be smashed open, the drawers to be pulled and left gaping.’
    • ‘A broad smile dribbled down from the bottom of his gaping lips.’
    • ‘This award will serve the purpose of filling two gaping holes in the higher education landscape.’
    • ‘It has exposed gaping holes in the apparatus of government whose primary duty is to protect its citizens.’
    • ‘Then turn an angle of the rock and advance a few paces, when your lights flash upon the gaping oyster-shell.’
    • ‘Tank tracks had torn up the pavement and there were gaping holes in several houses.’
    • ‘The gaping vacuum has resulted in violence, some of it targeted at women.’
    • ‘And I have looked, really I have, but nowhere can I find a gaping hole in my life.’
    • ‘The family circle is left with a ragged, gaping tear.’
    • ‘The residents echoed that there were gaping potholes on the roads.’
    • ‘This leaves a gaping hole at the centre of the liberationist argument.’
    • ‘Enter Currie whose craft on the left wing opened up gaping wounds in the home defence.’
    • ‘The central defining social fact of our world is gaping global inequality.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the law left a gaping loophole.’
    • ‘Their indignation is revealing, for it exposes a gaping hole in their original argument.’
    • ‘Ransby acknowledges to readers the gaping hole in her work.’
    • ‘Called the Mouth of Truth, this carved face with gaping maw is a sort of primitive lie detector.’
    • ‘Still ahead, a gaping hole opened up in a passenger plane during an Alaska Airlines flight 26,000 feet in the air.’
    • ‘The frontal view is terrifying and mask-like, with wild staring eyes, a gaping mouth and savage teeth.’
    • ‘A gaping whole in the education of modern man has been this story.’
    cavernous, yawning, wide, broad
    vast, huge, enormous, immense, extensive
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Pronunciation:

gaping

/ˈɡeɪpɪŋ/