Definition of gap in US English:

gap

noun

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

    ‘he came through the gap in the hedge’
    • ‘These holes, and the gaps left by her quickly vanishing superstructure allowed easy and safe access for divers.’
    • ‘Once we got there, we crept through the small gap in the overgrown hedges that served as the entranceway.’
    • ‘The rain entered the building through literally hundreds of ducts, gaps, cracks, crevices and half-open windows and vents.’
    • ‘There should not be any holes or gaps at the bottom of the fence or around the gate.’
    • ‘Last summer when the park shut at 8pm, teenagers would sneak through a gap in the hedge and congregate in groups.’
    • ‘We ended up with scaffolds built from these approaches that only had small holes where the gaps were.’
    • ‘Select a tree that is uniformly shaped on all sides without gaps or holes where branches are broken or missing.’
    • ‘An officer patrolling the Murton area in the early hours of today noticed a large gap in the hedge on Moor Lane and investigated.’
    • ‘After the molding is put up, use wood putty to fill visible nail holes and small gaps for a seamless look.’
    • ‘A lack of legs helps them fit into tight gaps and crevices and down narrow holes.’
    • ‘However, there were gaps around the curtain where you could see inside.’
    • ‘The gaps in the cotoneaster hedge were plugged with holly and box.’
    • ‘He watches carefully where he treads so as to avoid some of the bigger holes and gaps between the half-rotten floorboards.’
    • ‘But in my rush I could not find a gap in the hedge to get through to the main road.’
    • ‘Yesterday we plugged the gap in the hedge with two new buddleia plants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Radon from the ground gets into buildings mainly through cracks in floors or gaps around pipes or cables.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Shafts of light danced in through gaps between the planks.’
    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. 1.1 A pass or way through a range of hills.
      • ‘His hilltop castle commands the only broad gap through the Purbeck hills.’
      • ‘The village was built on a hill with deep gaps around it.’
      • ‘The bison pour through a gap in the hills and are in the corrals in just a few minutes.’
      • ‘Plans to build a road through the gap have stirred up strong feelings on both sides of the long-running debate.’
      • ‘They have 160 km of through road with a few side tracks leading to the gaps and gorges nearby.’
      • ‘It is quite literally a gap in the mountains and the largest town in the southern alps.’
      • ‘Once the Bealach Gaothach is reached, below Kilbride Hill, look for a gap in the forest boundary below.’
      • ‘It had to pass through gaps in the high mountain range to reach Wamena.’
      route, way, road, narrow road, passage, cut, gorge, canyon, ravine, gully, defile, col, couloir
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  • 2An unfilled space or interval; a break in continuity.

    ‘there are many gaps in our understanding of what happened’
    • ‘This will then leave a major gap in the trained, professional sector in years to come.’
    • ‘The gap in the current literature exists when we consider race and gender.’
    • ‘When considering social issues in particular judges must not substitute their own views to fill gaps.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However a lapse of almost two years since the last scheme has left a gap in continuity.’
    • ‘Faculty losses have left gaps in the geography department.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, this book nicely fills some gaps in the literature on Southern slavery.’
    • ‘They describe some gaps in the literature and provide some suggestions for future research.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, unfortunately, we have a huge gap in our knowledge.’
    • ‘Career gaps are no longer viewed with suspicion and they can actually enhance your prospects, she writes.’
    • ‘The work of COMGAS is diverse and eclectic, connected by a desire to explore the gaps and spaces in the fabric of cultural production.’
    • ‘Some processors are working with third parties to identify gaps in their security situation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These seem to fill in the gaps between the different excerpts that make up most of the book.’
    • ‘What struck him while interviewing him were the gaps in his life story.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Critical gaps extracted from different reference-line scenarios were also examined.’
    • ‘Like Patricia, they want to fill in the missing gaps, the apparent holes and spaces in the very surface of the text.’
    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. 2.1 A difference, especially an undesirable one, between two views or situations.
      ‘the media were bridging the gap between government and people’
      • ‘We also confronted the challenges and exerted our utmost efforts to bridge the various gaps and differences existing in the region.’
      • ‘A wide gap exists between the majority of the government and the wishes of the people.’
      • ‘How many times over the years has the music industry played up records bridging the gap between jazz and hip hop?’
      • ‘Employers are ditching company schemes, yet no-one seems to be bridging the gap with private savings.’
      • ‘Bridging the gap between paper and the network - this is the most important new technology for a decade.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said the Government had an historic opportunity to close the growing income gap in Ireland.’
      • ‘This gap is the difference between a firm's present distribution system and the potential for it to be increased.’
      • ‘Our children will never have equal opportunity unless, once and for all, we close the ever-widening achievement gap.’
      • ‘Someday we'll have the will again to tackle all the other gaps that divide us.’
      • ‘The festival in June aims to bridge the gap between different periods and traditions.’
      • ‘Fortunately, there are players out there who are bridging the gap between art and entertainment.’
      • ‘A widening gender pay gap is created and overall, working mothers' employment potential becomes limited.’
      • ‘As a result, salary gaps between different sports and between individual players can be quite large.’
      • ‘Equality campaigners believe the move is a major step forward in trying to close the gender pay gap.’
      • ‘But his chances of bridging the gap with only five racing days to go are virtually non-existent.’
      • ‘In all of the eight categories massive price gaps or quote differentials existed.’
      • ‘It simply made no difference because the gap between reality and policy is irreconcilable.’
      chasm, gulf, rift, polarity, split, separation, breach
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Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse, ‘chasm’; related to gape.

Pronunciation

gap

/ɡæp//ɡap/