• An opening in anything made by breaking or parting.
  • An opening allowing passage or entrance.
  • An opening that implies a breach or defect.
  • A vacant space or time.
  • A hiatus, a pause in something which is otherwise continuous.
  • A vacancy, deficit, absence, or lack.
  • A mountain or hill pass.
  • A sheltered area of coast between two cliffs (mostly restricted to place names).
  • The regions between the outfielders.
  • The shortfall between the amount the medical insurer will pay to the service provider and the scheduled fee for the item.
  • (usually written as "the gap") The disparity between the indigenous and non-indigenous communities with regard to life expectancy, education, health, etc.
  • An unsequenced region in a sequence alignment.
  • Alternative of gup


  • To notch, as a sword or knife.
  • To make an opening in; to breach.
  • To check the size of a gap.
  • To leave suddenly.


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  • From Middle English gap, gappe, a borrowing from Old Norse gap, related to Danish gab, Old English ġeap, Old Norse gapa; compare gape.

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