Adjective "gaping" definition and examples

(Gaping may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈɡeɪpɪŋ/

Definitions and examples

adjective

(of a hole, wound, etc.) wide open.
  1. 'The residents echoed that there were gaping potholes on the roads.'
  2. 'And I have looked, really I have, but nowhere can I find a gaping hole in my life.'
  3. 'Their indignation is revealing, for it exposes a gaping hole in their original argument.'
  4. 'The door waits to be smashed open, the drawers to be pulled and left gaping.'
  5. 'The family circle is left with a ragged, gaping tear.'
  6. 'A broad smile dribbled down from the bottom of his gaping lips.'
  7. 'The central defining social fact of our world is gaping global inequality.'
  8. 'Tank tracks had torn up the pavement and there were gaping holes in several houses.'
  9. 'Ransby acknowledges to readers the gaping hole in her work.'
  10. 'Still ahead, a gaping hole opened up in a passenger plane during an Alaska Airlines flight 26,000 feet in the air.'

More definitions

1. to stare with open mouth, as in wonder.

2. to open the mouth wide involuntarily, as the result of hunger, sleepiness, or absorbed attention.

3. to open as a gap; split or become open wide. noun

4. a wide opening; gap; breach.

5. an act or instance of gaping.

6. a stare, as in astonishment or with the mouth wide open.

7. a yawn.

8. Zoology. the width of the open mouth.

More examples(as adjective)

"holes can be gaping."

"deficits can be gaping."

"mouths can be gaping."

"wounds can be gaping."

"gills can be gaping."

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Origin

(gape)