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English Dictionary: Opening by the DICT Development Group
3 results for Opening
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. first or beginning; "the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth"; "the play's opening scene"
    Antonym(s): closing
  1. an open or empty space in or between things; "there was a small opening between the trees"; "the explosion made a gap in the wall"
    Synonym(s): opening, gap
  2. a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise
  3. becoming open or being made open; "the opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for"
  4. the first performance (as of a theatrical production); "the opening received good critical reviews"
    Synonym(s): opening, opening night, curtain raising
  5. the act of opening something; "the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"
    Antonym(s): closing, shutting
  6. opportunity especially for employment or promotion; "there is an opening in the sales department"
  7. the initial part of the introduction; "the opening established the basic theme"
  8. a possible alternative; "bankruptcy is always a possibility"
    Synonym(s): possibility, possible action, opening
  9. an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity; "the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart"
    Synonym(s): orifice, opening, porta
  10. a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made; "they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"
  11. an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
    Synonym(s): hatchway, opening, scuttle
  12. a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess; "he memorized all the important chess openings"
    Synonym(s): opening, chess opening
  13. the first of a series of actions
    Synonym(s): first step, initiative, opening move, opening
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Open \O"pen\ v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Opened}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Opening}.] [AS. openian. See {Open},a.]
      1. To make or set open; to render free of access; to unclose;
            to unbar; to unlock; to remove any fastening or covering
            from; as, to open a door; to open a box; to open a room;
            to open a letter.
                     And all the windows of my heart I open to the day.
      2. To spread; to expand; as, to open the hand.
      3. To disclose; to reveal; to interpret; to explain.
                     The king opened himself to some of his council, that
                     he was sorry for the earl's death.      --Bacon.
                     Unto thee have I opened my cause.      --Jer. xx. 12.
                     While he opened to us the Scriptures. --Luke xxiv.
      4. To make known; to discover; also, to render available or
            accessible for settlements, trade, etc.
                     The English did adventure far for to open the North
                     parts of America.                              --Abp. Abbot.
      5. To enter upon; to begin; as, to open a discussion; to open
            fire upon an enemy; to open trade, or correspondence; to
            open a case in court, or a meeting.
      6. To loosen or make less compact; as, to open matted cotton
            by separating the fibers.
      {To open one's mouth}, {to speak}.
      {To open up}, to lay open; to discover; to disclose.
                     Poetry that had opened up so many delightful views
                     into the character and condition of our [bd]bold
                     peasantry, their country's pride.[b8] --Prof.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Opening \O"pen*ing\, n.
      1. The act or process of opening; a beginning; commencement;
            first appearance; as, the opening of a speech.
                     The opening of your glory was like that of light.
      2. A place which is open; a breach; an aperture; a gap;
            cleft, or hole.
                     We saw him at the opening of his tent. --Shak.
      3. Hence: A vacant place; an opportunity; as, an opening for
            business. [Colloq.] --Dickens.
      4. A thinly wooded space, without undergrowth, in the midst
            of a forest; as, oak openings. [U.S.] --Cooper.
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