• A hiatus.

    "I'm taking a gap."

  • (baseball) The regions between the outfielders.

    "Jones doubled through the gap."

  • (genetics) An unsequenced region in a sequence alignment.
  • An opening in anything made by breaking or parting.

    "a gap in a fence;"

  • A vacant space or time.

    "I have a gap in my schedule next Tuesday."

  • (Sussex) A sheltered area of coast between two cliffs (mostly restricted to place names).

    "At Birling Gap we can stop and go have a picnic on the beach."

  • (Australia) (usually written as "the gap") The disparity between the indigenous and non-indigenous communities with regard to life expectancy, education, health, etc.
  • An opening that implies a breach or defect.

    "There is a gap between the roof and the gutter."

  • A mountain or hill pass.

    "The exploring party went through the high gap in the mountains."

  • (Australia, for a medical or pharmacy item) The shortfall between the amount the medical insurer will pay to the service provider and the scheduled fee for the item.
  • An opening allowing passage or entrance.

    "We can slip through that gap."


  • (transitive) To check the size of a gap.

    "I gapped all the sparkplugs in my car then realized I used the wrong manual and had made them too small."

  • (transitive) To make an opening in; to breach.
  • (transitive) To notch, as a sword or knife.

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