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Gape Gaping] [OE. gapen, AS. geapan to open; akin to D. gapen to gape, G. gaffen, Icel. & Sw. gapa, Dan. gabe; cf. Skr. jabh to snap at, open the mouth. Cf. Gaby, Gap.]


To open the mouth wide

; as: (a)

Expressing a desire for food; as, young birds gape.


Indicating sleepiness or indifference; to yawn.

She stretches, gapes, unglues her eyes, And asks if it be time to rise. Swift.

(c) Showing self-forgetfulness in surprise, astonishment, expectation, etc.

With gaping wonderment had stared aghast. Byron.

(d) Manifesting a desire to injure, devour, or overcome.

They have gaped upon me with their mouth. Job xvi. 10.


To pen or part widely; to exhibit a gap, fissure, or hiatus.

May that ground gape and swallow me alive! Shak.


To long, wait eagerly, or cry aloud for something; -- with for, after, or at.

The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes. Denham.

Syn. -- To gaze; stare; yawn. See Gaze.


© Webster 1913.

Gape, n.


The act of gaping; a yawn.


2. Zool.

The width of the mouth when opened, as of birds, fishes, etc.


© Webster 1913.

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