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Gap (?), n. [OE. gap; cf. Icel. gap an empty space, Sw. gap mouth, breach, abyss, Dan. gab mouth, opening, AS. geap expanse; as adj., wide, spacious. See Gape.]

An opening in anything made by breaking or parting; as, a gap in a fence; an opening for a passage or entrance; an opening which implies a breach or defect; a vacant space or time; a hiatus; a mountain pass.

Miseries ensued by the opening of that gap.
Knolles.

It would make a great gap in your own honor.
Shak.

Gap lathe (Mach.), a turning lathe with a deep notch in the bed to admit of turning a short object of large diameter. --
To stand in the gap, to expose one's self for the protection of something; to make defense against any assailing danger; to take the place of a fallen defender or supporter. --
To stop a gap, to secure a weak point; to repair a defect.

 

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Gap, v. t.

1.

To notch, as a sword or knife.

2.

To make an opening in; to breach.

Their masses are gapp'd with our grape.
Tennyson.

 

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Gap, n. (Aëronautics)

The vertical distance between two superposed surfaces, esp. in a biplane.

 

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