|to introduce subtleties into or argue subtly about.|
|to chew (food) slowly and thoroughly.|
|1.||a break or opening in a wall, fence, etc|
|2.||a break in continuity; interruption; hiatus: there is a serious gap in the accounts|
|3.||a break in a line of hills or mountains affording a route through|
|4.||chiefly (US) a gorge or ravine|
|5.||a divergence or difference; disparity: there is a gap between his version of the event and hers; the generation gap|
|a. a break in a magnetic circuit that increases the inductance and saturation point of the circuit|
|b. See spark gap|
|7.||bridge a gap, close a gap, fill a gap, stop a gap to remedy a deficiency|
|—vb , gaps, gapping, gapped|
|8.||(tr) to make a breach or opening in|
|[C14: from Old Norse gap chasm; related to gapa to |
An opening in a structure or surface; a cleft or breach.
An interval or discontinuity in any series or sequence.
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a rent or opening in a wall (Ezek. 13:5; comp. Amos 4:3). The false prophets did not stand in the gap (Ezek. 22: 30), i.e., they did nothing to stop the outbreak of wickedness.
town, capital of the Hautes-Alpes departement, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region, southeastern France, south-southeast of Grenoble. Situated at an elevation of 2,406 feet (733 metres) in a valley on the right bank of the Luye, a tributary of the Durance, it is a thriving tourist centre surrounded by mountains that attracts visitors in both the summer and the winter. Through the town pass the main road from Briancon to the Rhone Valley and the Route Napoleon-the road that Napoleon took in 1815 when he crossed the Alps into France on his return from exile on Elba. Gap was the first place where he was well received. Known as Vapincum to the Romans, the town was founded by the Roman emperor Augustus in about 14 BC. The town remained under episcopal rule until 1512, when it was annexed by France. In addition to being a tourist destination, Gap is an administrative and commercial centre with a number of light industries (computers, biotechnology). Its relative isolation is reduced by the highway that links Gap to Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. Pop. (1999) 36,262; (2005 est.) 38,200
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