AskDefine | Define gap

Dictionary Definition



1 a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures; "gap between income and outgo"; "the spread between lending and borrowing costs" [syn: spread]
2 an open or empty space in or between things; "there was a small opening between the trees"; "the explosion made a gap in the wall" [syn: opening]
3 a narrow opening; "he opened the window a crack" [syn: crack]
4 a pass between mountain peaks [syn: col]
5 an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks" [syn: break, interruption, disruption] v : make an opening or gap in [syn: breach] [also: gapping, gapped]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /gæp/
  • Rhymes with: -æp


  1. An opening in anything made by breaking or parting
    a gap in a fence
    He made a gap by kicking a weak spot.
  2. An opening allowing passage or entrance
    We can slip through that gap.
  3. An opening that implies a breach or defect
    There is a gap between the roof and the gutter.
  4. A vacant space or time
    I have a gap in my schedule next Tuesday.
  5. A hiatus.
    I'm taking a gap.
  6. A mountain pass.
    The exploring party went through the high gap in the mountains.
  7. The regions between the outfielders.
    Jones doubled through the gap.



opening made by breaking or parting
  • French: brèche
  • Portuguese: fenda
  • German: Spalte, Ritz, Ritze
opening allowing passage or entrance
  • French: trouée
  • German: Spalt
  • Portuguese: brecha
  • Spanish: brecha
opening that implies a breach or defect
vacant space or time
mountain pass
  • French: col
in baseball


  1. To notch, as a sword or knife.
  2. To make an opening in; to breach.

Extensive Definition

Gap or The Gap may refer to:


  • Gap (clothing retailer), a chain of retail clothing stores
  • Gap (ecology), a spacing between large trees in a forest
  • Gap (landform), a mountain pass, often carved by a river
  • Gap year, a prolonged period between a life stage
  • Gäp, the Tatar-based cant language
  • Gaap, a mighty Prince and Great President of Hell in demonology
  • Gap coverage, a type of vehicle insurance
  • Band gap or energy gap, the energy interval in which particles cannot propagate





gap in German: Gap
gap in Spanish: GAP
gap in Esperanto: GAP
gap in French: GAP
gap in Italian: GAP
gap in Dutch: Gap
gap in Japanese: ギャップ
gap in Portuguese: Gap
gap in Volapük: Gap
gap in Contenese: Gap
gap in Chinese: Gap

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