Definition of Opening

1. Noun. An open or empty space in or between things. "The explosion made a gap in the wall"

Exact synonyms: Gap
Specialized synonyms: Pocket, Diastema, Nodes Of Ranvier, Ranvier's Nodes, Foramen, Hiatus, Breach, Chasm, Cleft, Crack, Crevice, Fissure, Scissure, Hole, Mouth, Rift, Rent, Rip, Snag, Split, Tear, Window
Group relationships: Earth's Surface, Surface
Generic synonyms: Space
Derivative terms: Gap, Open

2. Adjective. First or beginning. "The play's opening scene"

3. Noun. A ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise.
Generic synonyms: Ceremonial, Ceremonial Occasion, Ceremony, Observance
Derivative terms: Open, Open

4. Noun. Becoming open or being made open. "The opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for"
Generic synonyms: Change Of Integrity
Specialized synonyms: Cut, Cutting
Derivative terms: Open, Open, Open

5. Noun. The first performance (as of a theatrical production). "The opening received good critical reviews"
Exact synonyms: Curtain Raising, Opening Night
Generic synonyms: Start

6. Noun. The act of opening something. "The ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"
Generic synonyms: Motility, Motion, Move, Movement
Antonyms: Closing
Derivative terms: Open

7. Noun. Opportunity especially for employment or promotion. "There is an opening in the sales department"
Generic synonyms: Chance, Opportunity
Derivative terms: Open, Open

8. Noun. The initial part of the introduction. "The opening established the basic theme"
Generic synonyms: Introduction
Specialized synonyms: Teaser, Salutation

9. Noun. A possible alternative. "Bankruptcy is always a possibility"
Exact synonyms: Possibility, Possible Action
Generic synonyms: Alternative, Choice, Option
Specialized synonyms: Possible
Derivative terms: Possible

10. Noun. An aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity. "The orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart"

11. Noun. A vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made. "They left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"

12. Noun. An entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship.
Exact synonyms: Hatchway, Scuttle
Generic synonyms: Entrance, Entranceway, Entree, Entry, Entryway
Specialized synonyms: Escape Hatch
Terms within: Hatch
Derivative terms: Open

13. Noun. A recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess. "He memorized all the important chess openings"
Exact synonyms: Chess Opening
Category relationships: Chess, Chess Game
Generic synonyms: Sequence, Succession

14. Noun. The first of a series of actions.
Exact synonyms: First Step, Initiative, Opening Move
Generic synonyms: Beginning, Commencement, Start
Specialized synonyms: Curtain Raiser, First Base, Peace Initiative
Derivative terms: Open, Open, Open

Definition of Opening

1. n. The act or process of opening; a beginning; commencement; first appearance; as, the opening of a speech.

Definition of Opening

1. Noun. A hole; a gap; a crevice. ¹

2. Noun. (chess) The first few moves in a game of chess. ¹

3. Noun. An unoccupied employment position. ¹

4. Noun. The first performance of a show or play by a particular troupe. ¹

5. Noun. The initial period a show at an art gallery or museum is first opened, especially the first evening. ¹

6. Noun. The first few measures of a musical composition. ¹

7. Noun. A time available for an appointment. ¹

8. Noun. (sports) A chance to make progress in a game, for example to score a goal. ¹

9. Verb. (present participle of open) ¹

10. Adjective. (cricket) (non-gloss definition describing the first period of play, usually up to the fall of the first wicket; describing a batsman who opens the innings or a bowler who opens the attack) ¹

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Definition of Opening

1. a vacant or unobstructed space [n -S]

Medical Definition of Opening

1. 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." (Dryden) 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: A vacant place; an opportunity; as, an opening for business. 4. A thinly wooded space, without undergrowth, in the midst of a forest; as, oak openings. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Opening

opencast mining
opened fire
opening (current term)
opening argument
opening arguments
opening axis
opening batsman
opening batsmen
opening ceremonies
opening ceremony
opening contraction
opening credits
opening fire
opening hours
opening line
opening move
opening movement

Literary usage of Opening

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Annual Report by New Jersey Civil Service Commission (1908)
"I-beams, on concrete abutments; opening on curve; no guard rails; ... 4L Sixteen-foot opening; three ffx 14-in. stringers, on mason work abutments; ..."

2. An American Text-book of Physiology by William Henry Howell (1900)
"Moreover, a greater strength of current is required to produce opening than ... These opening contractions at first are weak, but gradually increase in ..."

3. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting (1908)
"The Chairman then delivered the following opening address: THE WHITE MAN'S BURDEN IN ALASKA opening ADDRESS OF HON. ELMER ELLSWORTH BROWN One year ago ..."

4. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (1912)
"Flavius and Marullus keep R and RC; the rest of the crowd mostly L and LC at opening. lThe woman presses forward here as if to speak. ..."

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