Gap

Definition of Gap

Pronunciation: găp
n.1.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.
2.(Aëronautics) The vertical distance between two superposed surfaces, esp. in a biplane.
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.
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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