Adjective "gaped" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Be or become wide open.
  1. 'In spite of widespread statutory reform, legal loopholes gaped wide open at midcentury.'
  2. 'What are gaping emotional wounds if not fodder for tragic and pretty folk songs?'
  3. 'As in life, the gap between aspiration and achievement gapes wide.'
  4. 'The large ships absorbed the damage even as gaping holes were ripped into their hides.'
  5. 'They made their way into the now gaping hole in the wall and looked around.'
  6. 'Cracks gaped in building walls, and chunks of plaster fell from ceilings, Italian news reports said.'
  7. 'Holes gaped in the floor where floorboards had been prised.'
  8. 'They all gaped at us and Matt paused, staring at Samuel incredulously.'
  9. 'Emily gaped at her friend and covered her mouth with her hand so she wouldn't hurt her friend more by arguing with her.'
  10. 'I gaped at him for a moment then snapped my mouth close and looked out the window.'
  11. 'He gaped at her for several moments, confused by the sudden change in conversation and by her last comment.'
  12. 'We gaped at each other for a moment and then she snapped her phone shut.'
  13. 'I gaped at her, stuck between being infuriated and revolted.'
  14. 'I rubbed my eyes a few times before I gaped at the scene before me.'
  15. 'They gaped at him, their mouths slightly open, then simultaneously bolted for the basement door to the outside.'
  16. 'He enjoyed a few minutes of weightless flight and gaped at the gorgeous view.'
  17. 'Kirsten gaped at her younger sister, then turned, enraged, to stalk off.'


A wide opening.
  1. 'A wind blew in from the open gape that was my window and I shivered.'
  2. 'The anterior, probably downwards-orientated, part of shell has a gape from which the foot could probably emerged.'
  3. 'For those few seconds, my mouth was dropped in a gape and I stayed calm except for my heavy nervous breathing.'
  4. 'She turned around briskly, to face the gapes and open mouths of many of the new recruits to the Armed Guards, the females of whom were gripping their pictures of them.'
  5. 'My mouth dropped in a gape, as I fought to find the right words to say to her.'
  6. 'She was holding a champagne glass, the liquid half gone, and was grasping the doorframe, her mouth in a permanent gape.'
  7. 'juvenile birds with yellow gapes'
  8. 'Swifts feed on the wing, and their large gape enables them to catch insects while in flight.'
  9. 'They have a large gape which allows them to feed on very large fish by chopping them in half.'
  10. 'Zander mouths have a smaller gape than pike, so although large fish are almost exclusively piscivorous, they take much smaller prey than a pike of similar size.'
  11. 'In breeding plumage, yellow gape and chestnut face and neck.'
  12. 'They have a large head, a wide, flat, hooked bill, large eyes and a large gape.'
  13. 'The moveable front part of the cranium provides a larger gape when the mouth is opened, and this may be advantageous in feeding.'
  14. 'All locations, irrespective of the degree of wave exposure, may be subject to numerous small, strong, precise bites by fishes with small gapes.'
  15. 'It also has a tiny beak with a large gape, surrounded by stiff feathers called rictal bristles, which help the bird catch its aerial prey.'
  16. 'In large carnivores with very long canines, such as the gorgonopsians and some therocephalians, a wide gape was necessary, and so a secure attachment of the lower jaw is required.'
  17. 'The large gape looks ideal for hawking insects in mid-air, but paradoxically, the birds take most of their prey from the ground or from a branch.'

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)

"air holes can be gaped."


(gape)Middle English: from Old Norse gapa; related to gap.