|Origin:||'hole, deep narrow valley'|
gap S2 W2 [countable]
a space between two objects or two parts of an object, especially because something is missing
The neighbors' dog got in through a gap in the hedge.
a gap in the traffic
the gap between the two rows of seats
a big difference between two situations, amounts, groups of people etc [↪ gulf] ➔ generation gap
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).
something missing that stops something else from being good or complete
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.
a period of time when nothing is happening, that exists between two other periods of time when something is happening
an awkward gap in the conversation
gap between➔ gap year
The gaps between his visits got longer and longer.
a low place between two higher parts of a mountain
in a mountainDNSG
a product or service that does not exist, so that there is an opportunity to develop that product or service and sell it