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gaping


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gape  \Gape\  (?;  in  Eng,  commonly  ?;  277),  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Gaped}  (?  or  ?);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Gaping}]  [OE.  gapen,  AS 
  geapan  to  open  akin  to  D.  gapen  to  gape,  G.  gaffen,  Icel.  & 
  Sw  gapa,  Dan.  gabe;  cf  Skr.  jabh  to  snap  at  open  the 
  mouth.  Cf  {Gaby},  {Gap}.] 
  1.  To  open  the  mouth  wide;  as: 
  a  Expressing  a  desire  for  food;  as  young  birds  gape. 
  --Dryden. 
  b  Indicating  sleepiness  or  indifference;  to  yawn. 
 
  She  stretches,  gapes,  unglues  her  eyes,  And  asks 
  if  it  be  time  to  rise.  --Swift. 
  c  Showing  self-forgetfulness  in  surprise,  astonishment, 
  expectation,  etc 
 
  With  gaping  wonderment  had  stared  aghast. 
  --Byron. 
  d  Manifesting  a  desire  to  injure,  devour,  or  overcome. 
 
  They  have  gaped  upon  me  with  their  mouth.  --Job 
  xvi.  10. 
 
  2.  To  pen  or  part  widely;  to  exhibit  a  gap,  fissure,  or 
  hiatus. 
 
  May  that  ground  gape  and  swallow  me  alive!  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  long,  wait  eagerly,  or  cry  aloud  for  something  --  with 
  for  after  or  at 
 
  The  hungry  grave  for  her  due  tribute  gapes. 
  --Denham. 
 
  Syn:  To  gaze;  stare;  yawn.  See  {Gaze}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gaping 
  adj  :  with  the  mouth  wide  open  as  in  wonder  or  awe;  "the  gaping 
  audience";  "we  stood  there  agape  with  wonder";  "with 
  mouth  agape"  [syn:  {agape(p)}] 




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