Definition of opening in English:

opening

noun

  • 1A space or gap that allows passage or access.

    ‘an opening in the roof would get rid of the smoke’
    • ‘He was just standing there, in the small space at the small opening by my room.’
    • ‘At the time, the mill building was an empty shell stripped back to its stone walls and with the window openings blocked over with corrugated iron.’
    • ‘This was the opening of the secret passage leading to her own room on the third floor.’
    • ‘Contractors differ on the methods they use to determine the location of roof and ceiling openings in homes with attics or crawl spaces.’
    • ‘I throw myself out the opening and sprint along the min-corridor into the main room again.’
    • ‘He stops and stares, obviously stunned at seeing the opening of the hidden passage.’
    • ‘After a certain amount of toing and froing with the national park, we agreed on sandstone for the new window openings.’
    • ‘It also plays a crucial symbolic role merely through its function as an opening for the passage of light.’
    • ‘Inside a group could gather, it would be comfortable for two and you could see the stars through the round opening in the roof.’
    • ‘Construction is of rendered rubble walls, with brick features around window and door openings, brick quoins and a pitched slated roof.’
    • ‘She brought Ross in on the project, and he designed the slightly conical space with window openings positioned in relation to astronomical movements.’
    • ‘Think of a fly trying to get out of a window with a narrow opening.’
    • ‘Above all, the female body was assumed to be moulded, enclosed: all openings sealed, all passage denied.’
    • ‘Place windows and openings along the sidewalk.’
    • ‘This moist, cool, and heavy air then falls down the shafts and into the living spaces through the door openings at the bottom.’
    • ‘It is clad entirely in shiny corrugated metal - even window openings have perforated metal outer skins.’
    • ‘Original internal features include the kilns, low ceiling heights between floors, steeping tanks and shutter mechanisms for window openings.’
    • ‘Just as an opening in traffic came along she was knocked in the shoulder roughly by a passer by.’
    • ‘The ground floor needs 14 window openings made with sandstone surrounds.’
    • ‘The garden will also have two new openings to give greater access to the precinct and act as a walkway between Pickwick Road South and the extended supermarket.’
    doorway, gateway, portal, way, entrance, entry, entryway, means of entry, way in, entrée, access, means of access, exit, egress, way out
    hole, gap, aperture, space, orifice, vent, slot, window, crack, slit, gash, split, fissure, perforation, cleft, crevice, cut, incision, rent, cavity, cranny, groove, chink, eye, mouth
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  • 2A beginning; an initial part.

    ‘Maya started tapping out the opening of her story’
    • ‘Let me quote a short part of his guessing-game, prefaced by his usual opening.’
    • ‘The morning news speaks of battlefield deaths and capture, reminding us that easy, unopposed openings do not tell the complete story of a war.’
    • ‘Good openings might include a story, a camper situation that they might have to deal with, a staff!’
    • ‘Also, the opening to the story wasn't written by either me or my friend.’
    • ‘But everything you pointed out in the opening is exactly what's taking place in the city.’
    • ‘I remember at school when I was set homework assignments for English and we had to write about a page of writing for openings of horror stories.’
    • ‘During the big pauses between each of the short, sobbing phrases at the opening of the Tristan prelude, you could have heard a pin drop.’
    • ‘Immediately Ron launched into the opening of ‘This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us’.’
    • ‘This proposition was most overtly put in the arrangement of the opening of The Dawn of Photography.’
    • ‘The opening and title story makes it very clear that every word counts, and must be weighed for meaning, both obvious and hidden.’
    • ‘Its slowburning choppy intro starts like the opening to a Jewish hymn, before the entire band bursts into a kaleidoscopic sound addiction.’
    • ‘My old habits took over and I started my usual openings with small talk.’
    beginning, start, outset, inception, launch, birth, dawn
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    1. 2.1A ceremony or celebratory gathering at which a building, show, etc. is declared to be open.
      ‘I covered the opening of a new computerized diagnosis unit’
      • ‘A double opening will offer new paintings by Aaron Hill entitled Inheritance.’
      • ‘A pageant of pupils celebrated their school's history as they welcomed the opening of its new building.’
      • ‘Minister McCreevy said that the opening of the centre would provide an opportunity for the people of Athy to look forward.’
      • ‘One of the most lavish official openings in recent times took place last Saturday when the new Golden Meadows Retirement Village was completed and is now available for business.’
      • ‘Friday saw the official opening of Co-operative Bulk Handling's facility upgrade at Northampton.’
      • ‘Recently a number of people gathered together for a ceremony for the opening of ‘the gate’.’
      • ‘From crips autumn apples to hot Broadway openings, the season offers treats for every taste.’
      • ‘Working with a gallery also provides opportunities for shows, openings, announcements and newspaper or magazine articles.’
      • ‘A dozen talented children from all over the Stratford area are making ready for the opening of a new musical, Alice!’
      • ‘Anyway, I agreed to have the work ready for the opening of the Autumn Show in September.’
      • ‘After the ceremonial opening, a hymn should be read from the Guru Granth Sahib.’
      • ‘Nine staff members celebrated the opening by cutting a ribbon and cracking open a bottle of champagne.’
      • ‘The official opening of the centre will be held next September.’
      • ‘Large crowds were gathered to celebrate the opening of a new sewage plant, another step along the road of reconstruction.’
      • ‘Those with the stamina could join in the colloquium of sages held every morning or tour the art exhibitions and special openings of historic buildings in half a dozen sites around the city.’
      • ‘The Upper Eden Cycling Club turned out in force to celebrate the opening of the centre and following the ceremony headed off to Hawes for a round cycle route.’
      • ‘They can't really celebrate the opening of the building without the architect.’
      • ‘The official opening will take place on Tuesday 16 and the library will be open to the public on Thursday 18.’
      • ‘Children at the Morden school had double cause for celebration with the opening of a building extension on Wednesday.’
      • ‘Minister of State Martin Cullen unveiled a wall plaque in the foyer of the new Employment Centre to mark its official opening.’
    2. 2.2Chess
      A recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game.
      • ‘The idea is that one can play this opening without having to memorize a great number of lines.’
      • ‘If you are looking for an offbeat new opening, this book may be the answer to your dreams.’
      • ‘Because this opening is a mainstay in the repertoires of tens of thousands of amateurs.’
      • ‘He also did a credible job of outlining the main ideas of this opening in the introduction.’
      • ‘In 2000 I earned an expert's rating by playing aggressive chess openings.’
    3. 2.3A counsel's preliminary statement of a case in a law court.
      • ‘The jury was empanelled, and counsel for the Crown began his opening, which was not completed on the first day.’
      • ‘There were to be full oral openings by all parties projected to occupy four weeks at the start of the trial.’
      • ‘Of course, so it had been, in the passage of the pleadings to which I took your Honours in my opening.’
      • ‘There had been an opening made by senior counsel for the appellant which disclosed certain aspects of the defence case.’
      • ‘It was, however, mentioned in the opening of counsel for Wang.’
  • 3An opportunity to achieve something.

    ‘they seem to have exploited fully the openings offered’
    • ‘As of late she hadn't spoken about Casey; and I haven't offered her an opening to do so.’
    • ‘They haven't had many openings that are this opportune for them, and so they're naturally taking it, and you know, one can't blame them, that's politics.’
    • ‘Entrepreneurs with an eye for opportunities have seized on openings offered by the JFPM to create their own niche markets in the complex.’
    • ‘Karl stood and put both hands on the table, realizing Sara had created the opening for his offer.’
    • ‘The prices being paid for existing businesses and the rents being offered for new openings are in many cases unsustainable.’
    • ‘Active travel between life's new stages creates new openings, new chances.’
    • ‘A top forty single would fit the bill nicely, and would offer openings into all kinds of other stuff - most notably magickal stuff.’
    • ‘It may be an ideal opening for someone who has never had an opportunity to try out for the small screen but would love to find out more.’
    • ‘Do you get the sense that this newfound attention towards Canadian bands in the States has also offered any openings towards hip-hop artists like yourself?’
    • ‘The transitions to democracy and the openings they appeared to offer were another source.’
    • ‘It is my opinion that Hashem uses every possible opening to allow the world to love Him.’
    • ‘So it's almost like there is an opening, an opportunity, to communicate with the spirit world.’
    • ‘But he almost never treats it at face value, preferring to allow interpretive openings into this method of interpretation.’
    • ‘You and Gabrielle can see opportunities and openings that we can't, and you're both fast enough to take them.’
    • ‘Once one learns to become unpredictable, all kinds of openings and opportunities present themselves.’
    • ‘The circulating libraries offered new openings for sales, and the rising success of periodicals provided more work until well into the 20th cent.’
    • ‘Both these openings offer defense against a German strike into Munich and the easy opportunity to pick up both Iberian supply centers in 1901.’
    • ‘He had spotted that when Louis threw his left jab, he tended to drop his guard, leaving an opening that might be exploited.’
    • ‘Yet the opening to the West offered by the EU could bring huge economic benefits to Iran.’
    • ‘Don't close the door on the majority of the openings and career opportunities that are out there.’
    opportunity, chance, favourable moment, favourable occasion, favourable time, right set of circumstances, moment, occasion, possibility, turn, time
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    1. 3.1An available job.
      ‘there are few openings for the ex-footballer’
      • ‘What jobs seem to have the most openings in your area?’
      • ‘The good press, usually driven by the local population, hails new job openings and increased availability of a multitude of products at affordable prices.’
      • ‘I'll be looking for new openings eventually, and will start ramping up my freelancing as of today.’
      • ‘There are many good openings available, and relatively few bad ones.’
      • ‘The site contains listings for job openings that have been posted with the country's federal labour office and are linked to job exchanges.’
      • ‘There were no professional openings available to me in Scotland at the time.’
      • ‘Chiu said the remaining 7,828 openings are available to young men aged between 18 and 27.’
      • ‘Todd Brun has put together a list of faculty openings and postdoctoral positions available in quantum information processing.’
      • ‘In a nutshell, students can post their resumes on the system and employers can post job openings.’
      • ‘When an opening became available on his staff, Foster offered Williams a job as assistant coach.’
      • ‘The following tips might help bridge the gap IL between available workers and job openings.’
      • ‘It is the construction industry which has openings for professional and graduate level entrants, from engineers to architects to craft roles, such as building and painting and decorating.’
      • ‘Local students or students not requiring travel assistance can apply for the Volunteer Program if openings are available.’
      • ‘I am writing to enquire for any possible openings in your firm.’
      • ‘Fortunately, an opening became available in the employer's parts department and he was afforded that job.’
      • ‘Most chains advertise the available openings in newspapers.’
      • ‘The cost of a public school and university education was high for middle-class families, and there was increased competition for available openings in the professions.’
      • ‘I was hired because those most concerned wanted a vigorous lecturer to fill the available opening.’
      • ‘Yes, there is life even after retirement with plenty of openings in ship building industry and shipping lines.’
      • ‘Our behind the scenes volunteer staff is pretty full right now, but there is always a chance that an opening will arrive.’

adjective

  • [attributive] Coming at the beginning of something; initial.

    ‘she stole the show with her opening remark’
    • ‘The opening match was a lesson that will be recorded in World Cup history; everyone has learned something.’
    • ‘The competition commenced on the eve of India's opening match against Holland.’
    • ‘He hinted that his team could take both matches on the opening day but he said that he would not let his players be pressured by overly high hopes.’
    • ‘They also contested the opening match of the inaugural Asian test championship at Calcutta.’
    • ‘A number of myths are likely to have been dispelled almost as soon as Friday's opening match between France and Senegal has been completed.’
    • ‘He may have been high and wide with the free but he knew how to find the back of the net for the opening goal of the match less than sixty seconds later.’
    • ‘Newbridge shared the points with North Kildare in this opening league match of the season, played at Rosetown.’
    • ‘The fact that he was chosen at centre fort Ireland's opening match down under highlights his all-round ability.’
    • ‘Fans had packed pubs across the district, turning them into a sea of red and white shirts and St George's flags to watch England's opening match.’
    • ‘The home side started brightly and they did have the visitors defence under real pressure during the opening minutes of the match.’
    • ‘More than 140 attendees observed the opening remarks, made in a spacious conference centre.’
    • ‘He justified his inclusion on the British Lions tour of Australia in the summer, scoring a try in the opening test match in Adelaide which the Lions won.’
    • ‘In my opening remarks at the beginning of the hearing I drew attention to this.’
    • ‘It is just reward for two years of hard work for Handley, who was disappointed to be left out of the side for Britain's opening two matches.’
    • ‘The remaining places in the main draw will be filled through the qualifying matches on the opening three days of the competition.’
    • ‘A giant screen would be in place to telecast India's opening match with Holland.’
    • ‘The opening exchanges were evenly matched but the visitor eventually made the breakthrough on 25 minutes.’
    • ‘The sides were evenly matched for the opening thirty minutes with the winners only having a three point lead at the interval.’
    • ‘Indeed, they might have won the league too but for losing their opening two matches and then going the remainder of the trip undefeated.’
    • ‘Not that endless hours of blissful slumber prevented him nodding off during his team's opening match against Japan on Tuesday.’

Pronunciation:

opening

/ˈəʊp(ə)nɪŋ/