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Topic: GEOGRAPHY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old Norse
Origin: 'hole, deep narrow valley'

gap

noun
     
gap S2 W2 [countable]
1

a space

a space between two objects or two parts of an object, especially because something is missing
gap in
The neighbors' dog got in through a gap in the hedge.
a gap in the traffic
gap between
the gap between the two rows of seats
2

difference

a big difference between two situations, amounts, groups of people etc [↪ gulf]
gap between
the widening gap between the rich and the poor
bridge/close/narrow the gap (=reduce the amount or importance of a difference)
His films attempt to bridge the gap between tradition and modernity.
The gap has narrowed to just 12 points now.
It seems that the trade gap is widening (=the difference between the amount a country imports and exports).
generation gap
3

something missing

something missing that stops something else from being good or complete
gap in
There are huge gaps in my knowledge of history.
Frank's death has left a big gap in my life.
fill/plug the gap
He filled the gap left by Hirst's retirement.
4

in time

a period of time when nothing is happening, that exists between two other periods of time when something is happening
gap in
an awkward gap in the conversation
gap between
The gaps between his visits got longer and longer.
gap year
5

in a mountain

DNSG a low place between two higher parts of a mountain
6

gap in the market

BBA a product or service that does not exist, so that there is an opportunity to develop that product or service and sell it
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