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Definition of the noun gap

What does gap mean as a name of something?

Gap is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: gaps

  1. a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures
    • example: gap between income and outgo
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of gap: spread
    • more generic word: disparity = inequality or difference in some respect
  2. an open or empty space in or between things
    • example: the explosion made a gap in the wall
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonym of gap: opening
    • more generic word: space = an empty area
    • more specific terms:
      • pocket = an opening at the corner or on the side of a billiard table into which billiard balls are struck
      • diastema = a gap or vacant space between two teeth
      • nodes of Ranvier / Ranvier's nodes = small gaps in the myelin sheath of medullated axons
      • foramen / hiatus = a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure
      • breach = an opening
      • chasm = a deep opening in the earth's surface
      • scissure / crevice / fissure / cleft / crack = a long narrow opening
      • hole = an opening into or through something
      • mouth = an opening that resembles a mouth
      • rift = a gap between cloud masses
      • split / rent / snag / tear / rip = an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart
      • window = an opening that resembles a window in appearance or function
    • part of: Earth's surface / surface = the outermost level of the land or sea
  3. a narrow opening
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of gap: crack
    • more generic word: opening = a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made
    • more specific terms:
      • lacuna / blank = a blank gap or missing part
      • spark gap = the gap between two high-potential terminals
  4. a pass between mountain peaks
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonym of gap: col
    • more generic terms: mountain pass / notch / pass = the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks
    • more specific terms:
      • water gap = a pass in a mountain ridge through which a stream flows
      • wind gap = a pass in a mountain ridge with no stream flowing through it
  5. a difference (especially an unfortunate difference) between two opinions or two views or two situations
  6. an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

Alternative definition of the noun gap


  1. An opening in anything made by breaking or parting
  2. An opening allowing passage or entrance
  3. An opening that implies a breach or defect
  4. A vacant space or time
  5. A hiatus.
  6. A mountain or hill pass.
  7. [Sussex] a sheltered area of coast between two cliffs (mostly restricted to place names).
    • [baseball] The regions between the outfielders.
    • [Australia] (for medical or pharmacy items) the difference between the cost of an item and what the medical insurers will pay for.

    Specialised definition of the noun gap

    Glossary of sports

    in some team ball games (e.g. soccer), a space, "free room" in the defensive set-up of the opponent; the ball can be played by means of a pass into this gap in such a manner that a team-mate, who has freed himself from his defender, can receive it. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

    Glossary of sports / baseball

    a section of the outfield between two outfielders (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

    • example: he hit the ball into the alley in left-centre.
    • synonym: alley

    Glossary of sports / cycling

    the difference in time between individuals and/or groups of riders

    Definition of the verb gap

    What does gap mean as a doing word?

    verb - inflections: gapped, gapping

    1. make an opening or gap in
      • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
      • synonym of gap: breach
      • more generic terms: open / open up = cause to open or to become open

    Alternative definition of the verb gap


    1. [transitive] To notch, as a sword or knife.
    2. [transitive] To make an opening in; to breach.
    3. To check the size of a gap.

    Specialised definition of the verb gap

    Glossary of sports / cycling

    to increase the gap


    1. Gap is a commune in south-eastern France, the capital and largest settlement of the Hautes-Alpes department. At 750m above sea level, it is France's highest prefecture. Together with other Alpine towns Gap engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc. Gap was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2002.
    2. Gap is a census-designated place and community in Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with a zip code of 17527. The population was 1,931 at the 2010 census. U.S. Route 30 passes through the town, which is also the terminus for four Pennsylvania highways: 772, 741, 897, and the heavily used 41, which goes toward Wilmington, Delaware.
    3. Gap a.k.a. Gusap Airport is a general aviation airport in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. located at the base of the Finisterre Range. It has no scheduled commercial airline service.
    4. Gap is an unincorporated community in Stokes County, North Carolina, United States, approximately 5 miles WSW of Danbury, North Carolina, near Hanging Rock State Park, on North Carolina State Highway 66.

    There are other places with in their name, like Low Gap, Blue Gap, Bone Gap, Cove Gap, Deep Gap, Flat Gap, Pine Gap, Rock Gap, Wind Gap, Wise Gap, Bulls Gap, Caddo Gap, Dutch Gap, Halls Gap, Pecan Gap, Rocky Gap, Shade Gap, Short Gap, Union Gap.


    Who is Gap?

    Gap a.k.a. Gaelle Valcke is a Belgian field hockey player.


    1. Gap is a fictional character from the 2009 film Loop.
    2. Gap is a fictional film character.


    1. "gap" is a musical album of Yorico.
      • released on (12 years ago)
    2. "GAP" is a composition.
    3. "Gap" is a composition.


    "Gap" a.k.a. "GAP: Grupo de Amigos Personales de Allende" is a 2008 documentary film written and directed by Claudia Serrano Navarro.


    1. GAP is a computer algebra system for computational discrete algebra with particular emphasis on computational group theory.
      • also known as GAP computer algebra system
      • genres: Mathematics, Computer algebra system
      • license: GNU General Public License
      • official website:
    2. Gap: A gap is defined as an unfilled space or interval. On a technical analysis chart, a gap represents an area where no trading takes place. On the Japanese candlestick chart, a window is interpreted as a gap.
      • also known as Gaps
    3. GAP a.k.a. Glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate, also known as triose phosphate or 3-phosphoglyceraldehyde and abbreviated as G3P, GA3P, GADP, GAP, TP, GALP or PGAL, is a chemical compound that occurs as an intermediate in several central metabolic pathways of all organisms. It is a phosphate ester of the 3-carbon sugar glyceraldehyde and has chemical formula C₃H₇O₆P.
    4. Gap a.k.a. Gallium phosphide, a phosphide of gallium, is a compound semiconductor material with an indirect band gap of 2.26 eV. The polycrystalline material has the appearance of pale orange pieces. Undoped single crystal wafers appear clear orange, but strongly doped wafers appear darker due to free-carrier absorption. It is odorless and insoluble in water.
    5. Gap: A gap is a land form that is a low point or opening between hills or mountains or in a ridge or mountain range. It may be called a col, notch, pass, saddle, water gap, wind gap, often carved by a river.
    6. Gap a.k.a. Treefall gap: A treefall gap is a distinguishable hole in the forest with vertical sides extending through all levels down to an average height of two meters above ground. These holes occur as result of a falling tree or large limb. The ecologist who developed this definition used two meters because believed that "a regrowth height of 2 m was sufficient" for a gap to be considered closed, but not all scientists agreed. For example, Runkle believed that regrowth should be 10–20 meters above the ground. Alternatively, a treefall gap as "the smallest gap [that must] be readily distinguishable amid the complexity of forest structure.
    7. gap is a gene.
    8. Gap a.k.a. Gal Language: Gal is a Madang language of Papua New Guinea. It is closely related to Baimak, and sometimes goes by that name.
      • also known as Weim, Baimak
    9. Gap a.k.a. regulator of G-protein signalling 6 is a gene.
      • also known as H_DJ0283M22.1, G protein signaling 6 regulator, GTPase activating protein, WUGSC:H_DJ0283M22.1, regulator of G protein signaling 6, WUGSC:H_DJ1108A12.1, regulator of G protein signalling 6, H_DJ1108A12.1
    10. Gap a.k.a. RAS p21 protein activator (GTPase activating protein) 1 is a gene.
      • also known as RAS p21 protein activator 1, capillary malformation-arteriovenous malformation, GTPase activating protein, triphosphatase-activating protein

    Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Gap

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    Google previewREPO Handbook (2002)

    by Moorad Choudhry

    The marginal gap is the difference between changes in assets and liabilities over a given period. Of course...

    A negative gap is an excess of funds that must be invested, while a positive gap is a difference that requires funding in the market.

    Google previewBank Asset and Liability Management (2007)

    Strategy, Trading, Analysis by Moorad Choudhry

    The liquidity gap is the difference, at all future dates, between assets and liabilities of the banking portfolio. Gaps generate liquidity risk. When liabilities exceed assets, there is an excess of funds. An excess does not of course generate liquidity ...

    Google previewChina's National Balance Sheet (2017)

    Theories, Methods and Risk Assessment by Yang Li, Xiaojing Zhang

    An important contingent factor for the pension gap is the uncertainty of the pension-related policies. China's current old-age...

    The current gap is a flow concept, while implicit liability (cumulative gap) is a stock concept. The liability here is the ...

    Google previewNation’s Long-Term Fiscal Outlook August 2007 Update: Despite Recent Improvement in the Annual Deficit, Federal Fiscal Policy Remains Unsustainable

    The fiscal gap is the amount of spending reduction or tax increases that would be needed today to keep debt as a share of...

    In contrast to waiting until 2040 to balance the budget as described above, the fiscal gap is an estimate of the action ...

    Google previewManaging New Product and Process Development (2010)

    Text Cases by Steven C. Wheelwright

    The first gap is the mismatch between senior management attention, which normally oc- curs at the end of the development project, and senior management influence, which is much higher and more effective at the early stage of a project and ...

    Google previewLong-Term Fiscal Challenge Looms, as the Baby Boom Generation Begins to Retire (2008)

    The Nation's Long-Term Fiscal Outlook, January 2008 Update by Susan J. Irving

    The fiscal gap is the amount of spending reduction or tax increases that would be needed to keep debt as a share of GDP at or...

    Google previewWhat Should Macroeconomists Know About Health Care Policy? (2007)

    by Mr. Peter S. Heller

    Currently, an information gap is the major barrier preventing IMF or country macroeconomists from helping country officials to function...

    Google previewFixed Income Analysis Workbook (2015)

    by Pinto, Barbara S. Petitt, Wendy L. Pirie

    The duration gap is the difference between the Macaulay duration and the investment horizon. Modified duration approximates the percentage price change of a bond given a change in its yield-to-maturity. 25. C is correct. The duration gap is ...

    Google previewImperfect Knowledge and Monetary Policy (2006)

    by Vítor Gaspar, Otmar Issing, Oreste Tristani, David Vestin

    They find large differences and, therefore conclude that, "if model uncertainty is taken into account, the gap is a rather uninformative concept." Indeed, the output gap is an elusive concept even at the theoretical level. It is defined as the ...

    Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

    by U.S. Department of Defense

    gap — An area within a minefield or obstacle belt, free of live mines or ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia of Candlestick Charts (2012)

    by Thomas N. Bulkowski

    Unique three-river bottom Unusually tall candles Upper shadow Upside gap three methods Upside gap two crows Upside Tasuki gap Uptrend: bearish belt hold and bearish harami and bearish harami cross and bearish separating lines and ...

    Google previewA Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology (2002)

    by Dr Gwendolyn Leick

    [gap] Column II describes the institution of Sumerian civilization, kingship, city- states and irrigation. [gap] Nintu and Inanna are said to weep for the people and Enki decides to save the situation, although the gods are formally bound by an oath ...

    Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Feminism (2004)

    by Janet K. Boles, Diane Long Hoeveler

    -W- WAGE GAP. The disparity existing between salaries earned by men and women. These pay differentials exist on all continents and are even larger in developing countries. They were formerly justified by the concept of the family wage for ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia of Finance (2006)

    by Cheng-Few Lee

    Duration Gap A ''duration gap'' measures the mismatch between ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science (1999)

    Volume 65 - Supplement 28: Behavioral ImPatts of Consultative Systems: A Structural Model for User Reliance on Sysytem Advice to User Query Performance with Database Feedback by Allen Kent

    THE GAP MODEL Parasuraman, Berry, and Zeithaml conceptualize the construct of quality for services as perceived quality, which is the "consumer's judgment about an entity's overall excellence or superiority." They distinguish it from ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia of Diversity in Education (2012)

    by James A. Banks

    The term achievement gap is used to describe the disparities in educational outcomes between students of differing demographic characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, and immigration status. For the ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (2014)

    near gap junction (arrow). Micrograph kindly provided by Dr. Chris de Zeeuw, University of Rotterdam. (b) Freeze-fracture electron micrograph of an electrical synapse ...

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    Quotes about Gap

    For every credibility gap there is a gullibility gap. (Richard Cobden)
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    Scrabble value of G2A1P3

    The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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