Definition of opening in English:



  • 1An aperture or gap, especially one allowing access.

    ‘she peered through one of the smaller openings’
    • ‘Metaphorically, the mass is supposed to have been eroded by time and weather, so revealing its strata, and allowing openings to be created for access and light.’
    • ‘Before birth, babies don't breathe through their lungs and this opening allows blood to flow freely through the heart.’
    • ‘Assistance in installing the new tubing may be provided by minimally invasive surgical access openings in the patient's chest.’
    • ‘Wide root openings allow teeth to quickly replace tooth material lost through intense chewing.’
    • ‘Steel framing allows for longer wall openings and glass comers, working with the single-loaded plan to ventilate the house with ocean breezes.’
    • ‘I position the chains to allow a slight opening, big enough for my hand to slip through and retrieve a small jar of honey.’
    • ‘The design of the diaphragms took into account the openings required for access ladders and an elevator that will take visitors from the base of one leg of the tower to the observation area.’
    • ‘In reviewing these codes, one finds no prescriptions for preventing child access to laundry chute openings.’
    • ‘Heavy sliding steel grilles screen the openings, but also allow views into the entrance hall beyond.’
    • ‘During fetal development, this opening allows blood in the fetus to bypass the lungs.’
    • ‘Double zipper openings allow easy entry and exit of casualties.’
    • ‘The metal facade framing the unit has sculptural openings that allow air to circulate around the firebox.’
    • ‘The conductors on the substrates include end portions having bonding vias formed therethrough in alignment with access openings in the substrates.’
    • ‘But there is no direct evidence that the fresh air supply opening was in fact blocked in any way on this occasion.’
    • ‘Patio doors and glass openings provide visual access to the water.’
    • ‘Other researchers took imprints of the plant's surface to look for tiny openings that would allow the fragrance to escape, and tissue samples to study biochemistry.’
    • ‘And the handle's efficiently designed openings allow a good view of the work.’
    • ‘The light source is projected over the sample surface onto the opening of aperture 2.’
    • ‘The opening of the airway allowed the Marine to get the oxygen needed to survive.’
    • ‘The trousers have seat and knee patches, pass through pockets, and zippered leg openings to allow easy donning and doffing without removing the footwear.’
    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
    doorway, gateway, portal, way, entrance, entry, entryway, means of entry, way in, entrée, access, means of access, exit, egress, way out
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  • 2A beginning; an initial part.

    ‘Maya started tapping out the opening of her story’
    • ‘The morning news speaks of battlefield deaths and capture, reminding us that easy, unopposed openings do not tell the complete story of a war.’
    • ‘The opening and title story makes it very clear that every word counts, and must be weighed for meaning, both obvious and hidden.’
    • ‘But everything you pointed out in the opening is exactly what's taking place in the city.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Immediately Ron launched into the opening of ‘This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us’.’
    • ‘Let me quote a short part of his guessing-game, prefaced by his usual opening.’
    • ‘This proposition was most overtly put in the arrangement of the opening of The Dawn of Photography.’
    • ‘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.’
    beginning, start, outset, inception, launch, birth, dawn
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    1. 2.1The occasion of a play, exhibition, public building, etc. being declared open or ready for use, marked by a celebratory gathering or ceremony.
      • ‘A dozen talented children from all over the Stratford area are making ready for the opening of a new musical, Alice!’
      • ‘After the ceremonial opening, a hymn should be read from the Guru Granth Sahib.’
      • ‘Large crowds were gathered to celebrate the opening of a new sewage plant, another step along the road of reconstruction.’
      • ‘Recently a number of people gathered together for a ceremony for the opening of ‘the gate’.’
      • ‘Nine staff members celebrated the opening by cutting a ribbon and cracking open a bottle of champagne.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The official opening of the centre will be held next September.’
      • ‘Friday saw the official opening of Co-operative Bulk Handling's facility upgrade at Northampton.’
      • ‘They can't really celebrate the opening of the building without the architect.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Working with a gallery also provides opportunities for shows, openings, announcements and newspaper or magazine articles.’
      • ‘A pageant of pupils celebrated their school's history as they welcomed the opening of its new building.’
      • ‘A double opening will offer new paintings by Aaron Hill entitled Inheritance.’
      • ‘Minister McCreevy said that the opening of the centre would provide an opportunity for the people of Athy to look forward.’
      • ‘Children at the Morden school had double cause for celebration with the opening of a building extension on Wednesday.’
      • ‘From crips autumn apples to hot Broadway openings, the season offers treats for every taste.’
      • ‘The official opening will take place on Tuesday 16 and the library will be open to the public on Thursday 18.’
      • ‘Anyway, I agreed to have the work ready for the opening of the Autumn Show in September.’
      • ‘Minister of State Martin Cullen unveiled a wall plaque in the foyer of the new Employment Centre to mark its official opening.’
      opening ceremony, official opening, launch, initiation, inauguration, institution, foundation, establishment, setting up, formation, constitution, opening night, premiere, first night, first showing
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    2. 2.2Chess A recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game.
      • ‘Because this opening is a mainstay in the repertoires of tens of thousands of amateurs.’
      • ‘If you are looking for an offbeat new opening, this book may be the answer to your dreams.’
      • ‘He also did a credible job of outlining the main ideas of this opening in the introduction.’
      • ‘The idea is that one can play this opening without having to memorize a great number of lines.’
      • ‘In 2000 I earned an expert's rating by playing aggressive chess openings.’
    3. 2.3An attorney's preliminary statement of a case in a court of law.
      • ‘There were to be full oral openings by all parties projected to occupy four weeks at the start of the trial.’
      • ‘It was, however, mentioned in the opening of counsel for Wang.’
      • ‘The jury was empanelled, and counsel for the Crown began his opening, which was not completed on the first day.’
      • ‘There had been an opening made by senior counsel for the appellant which disclosed certain aspects of the defence case.’
      • ‘Of course, so it had been, in the passage of the pleadings to which I took your Honours in my opening.’
    4. 2.4US An open piece of ground in a wooded area; a clearing.
      ‘I reached an opening in the forest’
      • ‘The trees began to thin around their path, and it soon led into a great opening.’
      • ‘Forest openings and clearings and agricultural areas are also good habitat for the Western Bluebird.’
      • ‘The trees will be planted in small natural openings and areas ravaged by fires or logging.’
      • ‘We hacked and slashed our way through the forest until we reached a huge opening.’
      • ‘They prefer areas with scattered openings rather than large tracts of unbroken forest.’
      • ‘They generally breed in wet areas or other openings near the tree line.’
  • 3An opportunity to achieve something.

    ‘they seem to have exploited fully the openings offered’
    • ‘Don't close the door on the majority of the openings and career opportunities that are out there.’
    • ‘But he almost never treats it at face value, preferring to allow interpretive openings into this method of interpretation.’
    • ‘Active travel between life's new stages creates new openings, new chances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The circulating libraries offered new openings for sales, and the rising success of periodicals provided more work until well into the 20th cent.’
    • ‘Once one learns to become unpredictable, all kinds of openings and opportunities present themselves.’
    • ‘So it's almost like there is an opening, an opportunity, to communicate with the spirit world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You and Gabrielle can see opportunities and openings that we can't, and you're both fast enough to take them.’
    • ‘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 prices being paid for existing businesses and the rents being offered for new openings are in many cases unsustainable.’
    • ‘The transitions to democracy and the openings they appeared to offer were another source.’
    • ‘Karl stood and put both hands on the table, realizing Sara had created the opening for his offer.’
    • ‘Entrepreneurs with an eye for opportunities have seized on openings offered by the JFPM to create their own niche markets in the complex.’
    • ‘He had spotted that when Louis threw his left jab, he tended to drop his guard, leaving an opening that might be exploited.’
    • ‘Both these openings offer defense against a German strike into Munich and the easy opportunity to pick up both Iberian supply centers in 1901.’
    • ‘Yet the opening to the West offered by the EU could bring huge economic benefits to Iran.’
    • ‘A top forty single would fit the bill nicely, and would offer openings into all kinds of other stuff - most notably magickal stuff.’
    • ‘It is my opinion that Hashem uses every possible opening to allow the world to love Him.’
    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 or position.
      ‘an opening for a professional engineer in the public works department’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yes, there is life even after retirement with plenty of openings in ship building industry and shipping lines.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fortunately, an opening became available in the employer's parts department and he was afforded that job.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Chiu said the remaining 7,828 openings are available to young men aged between 18 and 27.’
      • ‘Most chains advertise the available openings in newspapers.’
      • ‘The good press, usually driven by the local population, hails new job openings and increased availability of a multitude of products at affordable prices.’
      • ‘Our behind the scenes volunteer staff is pretty full right now, but there is always a chance that an opening will arrive.’
      • ‘I'll be looking for new openings eventually, and will start ramping up my freelancing as of today.’
      • ‘Todd Brun has put together a list of faculty openings and postdoctoral positions available in quantum information processing.’
      • ‘What jobs seem to have the most openings in your area?’
      • ‘I am writing to enquire for any possible openings in your firm.’
      • ‘When an opening became available on his staff, Foster offered Williams a job as assistant coach.’
      • ‘In a nutshell, students can post their resumes on the system and employers can post job openings.’
      • ‘There are many good openings available, and relatively few bad ones.’
      • ‘I was hired because those most concerned wanted a vigorous lecturer to fill the available opening.’
      • ‘The following tips might help bridge the gap IL between available workers and job openings.’
      • ‘Local students or students not requiring travel assistance can apply for the Volunteer Program if openings are available.’
      vacancy, position, job, opportunity
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  • [attributive] Coming at the beginning of something; initial.

    ‘she stole the show with her opening remark’
    • ‘Indeed, they might have won the league too but for losing their opening two matches and then going the remainder of the trip undefeated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 opening exchanges were evenly matched but the visitor eventually made the breakthrough on 25 minutes.’
    • ‘In my opening remarks at the beginning of the hearing I drew attention to this.’
    • ‘The competition commenced on the eve of India's opening match against Holland.’
    • ‘A giant screen would be in place to telecast India's opening match with Holland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not that endless hours of blissful slumber prevented him nodding off during his team's opening match against Japan on Tuesday.’
    • ‘The opening match was a lesson that will be recorded in World Cup history; everyone has learned something.’
    • ‘More than 140 attendees observed the opening remarks, made in a spacious conference centre.’
    • ‘The sides were evenly matched for the opening thirty minutes with the winners only having a three point lead at the interval.’
    • ‘The fact that he was chosen at centre fort Ireland's opening match down under highlights his all-round ability.’
    • ‘They also contested the opening match of the inaugural Asian test championship at Calcutta.’
    • ‘The remaining places in the main draw will be filled through the qualifying matches on the opening three days of the competition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The home side started brightly and they did have the visitors defence under real pressure during the opening minutes of the match.’
    • ‘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.’