[syn: first step, initiative, opening move, opening]
1. first or beginning;
- Example: "the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth"
- Example: "the play's opening scene"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Open \O"pen\ v. t. [imp. & p. p. Opened; p. pr. & vb. n.
Opening.] [AS. openian. See Open,a.]
1. To make or set open; to render free of access; to unclose;
to unbar; to unlock; to remove any fastening or covering
from; as, to open a door; to open a box; to open a room;
to open a letter.
And all the windows of my heart
I open to the day. --Whittier.
2. To spread; to expand; as, to open the hand.
3. To disclose; to reveal; to interpret; to explain.
The king opened himself to some of his council, that
he was sorry for the earl's death. --Bacon.
Unto thee have I opened my cause. --Jer. xx. 12.
While he opened to us the Scriptures. --Luke xxiv.
4. To make known; to discover; also, to render available or
accessible for settlements, trade, etc.
The English did adventure far for to open the North
parts of America. --Abp. Abbot.
5. To enter upon; to begin; as, to open a discussion; to open
fire upon an enemy; to open trade, or correspondence; to
open an investigation; to open a case in court, or a
6. To loosen or make less compact; as, to open matted cotton
by separating the fibers.
To open one's mouth, to speak.
To open up, to lay open; to discover; to disclose.
Poetry that had opened up so many delightful views
into the character and condition of our "bold
peasantry, their country's pride." --Prof.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Opening \O"pen*ing\, n.
1. The act or process of opening; a beginning; commencement;
first appearance; as, the opening of a speech.
The opening of your glory was like that of light.
2. A place which is open; a breach; an aperture; a gap;
cleft, or hole.
We saw him at the opening of his tent. --Shak.
3. Hence: An opportunity; as, an opening for business.
4. Hence: A vacant place; a job which does not have a current
occupant; as, they are now interviewing candidates for the
two openings in the department.
5. A thinly wooded space, without undergrowth, in the midst
of a forest; a clearing; as, oak openings. [U.S.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: first or beginning; "the memorable opening bars of
Beethoven's Fifth"; "the play's opening scene" [ant:
n 1: 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, gap]
2: a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise
3: becoming open or being made open; "the opening of his arms
was the sign I was waiting for"
4: the first performance (as of a theatrical production); "the
opening received good critical reviews" [syn: opening,
opening night, curtain raising]
5: the act of opening something; "the ray of light revealed his
cautious opening of the door" [ant: closing, shutting]
6: opportunity especially for employment or promotion; "there is
an opening in the sales department"
7: the initial part of the introduction; "the opening
established the basic theme"
8: a possible alternative; "bankruptcy is always a possibility"
[syn: possibility, possible action, opening]
9: an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity; "the
orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the
heart" [syn: orifice, opening, porta]
10: a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made; "they left
a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"
11: an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway
between decks of a ship [syn: hatchway, opening,
12: a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of
chess; "he memorized all the important chess openings" [syn:
opening, chess opening]
13: the first of a series of actions [syn: first step,
initiative, opening move, opening]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
296 Moby Thesaurus words for "opening":
a leg up, abysm, abyss, access, adit, air lock, aisle, alley,
alpha, ambulatory, aperture, apparition, appearance, appearing,
appointment, approach, arcade, arising, arroyo, artery, avatar,
avenue, bareness, barrenness, beginning, berth, billet, birth,
blankness, blast-off, bleakness, blowhole, box canyon, breach,
break, canyon, cavity, chance, channel, chap, chasm, check,
chimney, chink, chute, clear stage, cleft, cleuch, cloister,
clough, col, colonnade, coming, coming into being, coming-forth,
commencement, communication, conduit, connection, corridor, coulee,
couloir, covered way, crack, cranny, creation, crevasse, crevice,
cut, cutting edge, cwm, dawn, dawning, debouch, debut, defile,
dell, demonstration, desertedness, desolateness, dike, disclosure,
discontinuity, display, ditch, donga, door, draw, edge, egress,
emergence, employment, emptiness, emunctory, enactment, engagement,
entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway, epiphany, escape,
establishment, estuary, excavation, exhaust, exhibit, exhibition,
exit, exposition, exposure, fair field, fair game, fault, ferry,
fissure, flaw, floodgate, flume, flying start, foothold, ford,
forthcoming, foundation, fracture, fresh start, furrow, gallery,
gangplank, gangway, gap, gape, gash, gig, gorge, groove, gulch,
gulf, gully, hall, hole, hollowness, in, inanition, inauguration,
incarnation, incision, incumbency, ingress, initiation, inlet,
institution, intake, interchange, intersection, issuance, job,
joint, jump-off, junction, kick-off, kloof, lane, launch,
leading edge, leak, liberty, look-in, loophole, manifestation,
materialization, materializing, means of access, moat,
moonlighting, new departure, noninhabitance, nonoccupance,
nonoccupancy, nonresidence, notch, nullah, occasion, occurrence,
office, oncoming, onset, open arms, open door, opportunism,
opportunity, orifice, origin, origination, ostentation, out,
outbreak, outcome, outfall, outgate, outgo, outlet, outset,
outstart, overpass, pass, passage, passageway, performance, pit,
place, place open, pore, port, portico, position, post,
presentation, presentment, production, projection, railroad tunnel,
ravine, realization, rent, representation, retrospective,
revelation, rift, rime, rise, rising, room, running start, rupture,
sally port, scissure, scope, seam, second job, send-off,
separation, service, setout, setting in motion, setting-up, shot,
show, showing, showing forth, situation, slit, slot, sluice,
spiracle, split, spout, square one, squeak, start, start-off,
starting point, station, stepping-stone, take-off, tap, tenure,
theophany, time, traject, trajet, trench, tunnel, underpass,
unfolding, unfoldment, unveiling, vacancy, vacant post, vacuity,
valley, varnishing day, vent, ventage, venthole, vernissage,
vestibule, void, voidness, vomitory, wadi, way, way in, way out,