1. an open or empty space in or between things;
- Example: "there was a small opening between the trees"
- Example: "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;
- Example: "the opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for"
4. the first performance (as of a theatrical production);
- Example: "the opening received good critical reviews"
[syn: opening, opening night, curtain raising]
5. the act of opening something;
- Example: "the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"
6. opportunity especially for employment or promotion;
- Example: "there is an opening in the sales department"
7. the initial part of the introduction;
- Example: "the opening established the basic theme"
8. a possible alternative;
- Example: "bankruptcy is always a possibility"
[syn: possibility, possible action, opening]
9. an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity;
- Example: "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;
- Example: "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, scuttle]
12. a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess;
- Example: "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]
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. [1913 Webster] And all the windows of my heart I open to the day. --Whittier. [1913 Webster] 2. To spread; to expand; as, to open the hand. [1913 Webster] 3. To disclose; to reveal; to interpret; to explain. [1913 Webster] The king opened himself to some of his council, that he was sorry for the earl's death. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] Unto thee have I opened my cause. --Jer. xx. 12. [1913 Webster] While he opened to us the Scriptures. --Luke xxiv. 32. [1913 Webster] 4. To make known; to discover; also, to render available or accessible for settlements, trade, etc. [1913 Webster] The English did adventure far for to open the North parts of America. --Abp. Abbot. [1913 Webster] 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 meeting. [1913 Webster] 6. To loosen or make less compact; as, to open matted cotton by separating the fibers. [1913 Webster] To open one's mouth, to speak. To open up, to lay open; to discover; to disclose. [1913 Webster] Poetry that had opened up so many delightful views into the character and condition of our "bold peasantry, their country's pride." --Prof. Wilson. [1913 Webster]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. [1913 Webster] The opening of your glory was like that of light. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. A place which is open; a breach; an aperture; a gap; cleft, or hole. [1913 Webster] We saw him at the opening of his tent. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Hence: An opportunity; as, an opening for business. [Colloq.] --Dickens. [1913 Webster] 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. [PJC] 5. A thinly wooded space, without undergrowth, in the midst of a forest; a clearing; as, oak openings. [U.S.] --Cooper. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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