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Meaning of opening by Wiktionary Dictionary




    1. Present participle of open .


    opening ( plural: openings )

    1. An act or instance of making or becoming open .
      The daily openings of the day lily bloom gives it its name .
      He remembered fondly the Christmas morning opening of presents .
    2. Something that is open .
      A salamander darted out of an opening in the rocks .
      He slipped through an opening in the crowd .
    3. An act or instance of beginning .
      There have been few factory and store openings in the US lately .
      Their opening of the concert with Brass in Pocket always fires up the crowd .
    4. Something that is a beginning.
      1. The first performance of a show or play by a particular troupe .
        They were disappointed at the turnout for their opening, but hoped that word would spread .
      2. The initial period a show at an art gallery or museum is first opened, especially the first evening .
      3. The first few measures of a musical composition .
      4. ( chess ) The first few moves in a game of chess .
        John spends two hours a day studying openings, and another two hours studying endgames .
    5. A vacant position, especially in an array .
      Are there likely to be any openings on the Supreme Court in the next four years?
      1. A time available in a schedule .
        If you'd like to make a booking with us, we have an opening at twelve o'clock .
        The only two-hour openings for the hockey rink are between 1AM and 5AM .
      2. An unoccupied employment position .
        We have an opening in our marketing department .
    6. An opportunity, as in a competitive activity.


    Coordinate terms


    opening ( comparative more opening, superlative most opening )

    1. ( cricket ) describing the first period of play, usually up to the fall of the first wicket; describing a batsman who opens the innings or a bowler who opens the attack

Explanation of opening by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. first or beginning

    2. the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth
      the play's opening scene
    1. the first of a series of actions

    2. the act of opening something

    3. the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door
    4. becoming open or being made open

    5. the opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for
    6. a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess

    7. he memorized all the important chess openings
    8. an entrance equipped with a hatch

    9. a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made

    10. they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door
    11. an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity

    12. a possible alternative

    13. the initial part of the introduction

    14. the opening established the basic theme
    15. the first performance ( as of a theatrical production )

    16. the opening received good critical reviews
    17. a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise

    18. an open or empty space in or between things

    19. there was a small opening between the trees
    20. opportunity especially for employment or promotion

    21. there is an opening in the sales department

    Definition of opening by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Open 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. Whittier.

      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. 32.

      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 an investigation; 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 “bold peasantry, their country's pride.” Prof. Wilson.

    2. Opening, 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. Dryden.

      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: An opportunity; as, “an opening for business”. [Colloq.] Dickens.

      4. Hence: A vacant place; a job which does not have a current occupant; as, “they are now interviewing candidates for the two openings in the department”.

      5. A thinly wooded space, without undergrowth, in the midst of a forest; a clearing; as, “oak openings”. [U.S.] Cooper.