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[gap] /gæp/
a break or opening, as in a fence, wall, or military line; breach:
We found a gap in the enemy's line of fortifications.
an empty space or interval; interruption in continuity; hiatus:
a momentary gap in a siren's wailing; a gap in his memory.
a wide divergence or difference; disparity:
the gap between expenses and income; the gap between ideals and actions.
a difference or disparity in attitudes, perceptions, character, or development, or a lack of confidence or understanding, perceived as creating a problem:
the technology gap; a communications gap.
a deep, sloping ravine or cleft through a mountain ridge.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a mountain pass:
the Cumberland Gap.
Aeronautics. the distance between one supporting surface of an airplane and another above or below it.
verb (used with object), gapped, gapping.
to make a gap, opening, or breach in.
verb (used without object), gapped, gapping.
to come open or apart; form or show a gap.
1350-1400; Middle English < Old Norse gap chasm
Related forms
gapless, adjective
2. pause, interstice, break, interlude, lull.


[oht-zalp] /oʊtˈzalp/
a department in SE France. 2179 sq. mi. (5645 sq. km).
Capital: Gap. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for gap


a break or opening in a wall, fence, etc
a break in continuity; interruption; hiatus: there is a serious gap in the accounts
a break in a line of hills or mountains affording a route through
(mainly US) a gorge or ravine
a divergence or difference; disparity: there is a gap between his version of the event and hers, the generation gap
  1. a break in a magnetic circuit that increases the inductance and saturation point of the circuit
  2. See spark gap
bridge a gap, close a gap, fill a gap, stop a gap, to remedy a deficiency
verb gaps, gapping, gapped
(transitive) to make a breach or opening in
Derived Forms
gapless, adjective
gappy, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse gap chasm; related to gapa to gape, Swedish gap, Danish gab open mouth, opening


/French otzalp/
a department of SE France in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Capital: Gap. Pop: 126 810 (2003 est). Area: 5643 sq km (2201 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for gap

early 14c. (mid-13c. in place names), from Old Norse gap "chasm," related to gapa "to gape," from PIE *ghai- "to yawn, gape" (see yawn (v.)). Originally "hole in a wall or hedge;" broader sense is 16c. In U.S., common in place names in reference to a break or pass in a long mountain chain (especially one that water flows through). As a verb from 1847.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gap in Medicine

gap (gāp)

  1. An opening in a structure or surface; a cleft or breach.

  2. An interval or discontinuity in any series or sequence.

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gap in Technology
mathematics, tool
Groups Algorithms and Programming.
A system for symbolic mathematics for computational discrete algebra, especially group theory, by Johannes Meier, Alice Niemeyer, Werner Nickel, and Martin Schonert of Aachen. GAP was designed in 1986 and implemented 1987. Version 2.4 was released in 1988 and version 3.1 in 1992.
Sun version (
["GAP 3.3 Manual, M. Schonert et al, Lehrstuhl D Math, RWTH Aachen, 1993].
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for gap


Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry
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gap in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for gap


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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