• WordNet 3.6
    • v gape look with amazement; look stupidly
    • v gape be wide open "the deep gaping canyon"
    • n gape a stare of amazement (usually with the mouth open)
    • n gape an expression of openmouthed astonishment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gape Expressing a desire for food; as, young birds gape .
    • Gape Indicating sleepiness or indifference; to yawn.
    • Gape Manifesting a desire to injure, devour, or overcome.
    • Gape Showing unselfconsciousness in surprise, astonishment, expectation, etc.
    • Gape The act of gaping; a yawn.
    • Gape (Zoöl) The width of the mouth when opened, as of birds, fishes, etc.
    • Gape To long, wait eagerly, or cry aloud for something; -- with for after, or at. "The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes ."
    • Gape To open or part widely; to exhibit a gap, fissure, or hiatus. "May that ground gape and swallow me alive!"
    • Gape To open the mouth wide
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gape To open the mouth involuntarily or as the result of weariness, sleepiness, or absorbed attention; yawn.
    • gape According to the inducing cause of the gaping, the verb, without losing its literal meaning, usually takes on an additional specific sense.
    • gape To yawn from sleepiness, weariness, or dullness.
    • gape To open the mouth for food, as young birds.
    • gape Hence — To open the mouth in eager expectation; expect, await, or hope for, with the intent to receive or devour. See phrases below.
    • gape To stand with open mouth in wonder, astonishment, or admiration; stand and gaze; stare. See phrases below, and gaping.
    • gape To open as a gap, fissure, or chasm; split open; become fissured; show a fissure.
    • gape To stand in eager expectation of; covet; desire; long for.
    • gape To covet, desire; long for.
    • gape Synonyms Gaze, etc. See stare.
    • n gape The act of gaping.
    • n gape A fit of yawning: commonly in the plural.
    • n gape In zoology:
    • n gape The width of the mouth when opened; the interval between the upper and under mandibles; the rictus, or commissural line. See first cut under bill.
    • n gape The gap or interval between the valves of a bivalve mollusk where the edges of the valves do not fit together when the shell is shut. See gaper, 4.
    • n gape plural A disease of young poultry, caused by the presence of a nematoid worm or strongyle (Syngamus trachealis) in the windpipe, attended by frequent gaping as a symptom.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Gape gāp to open the mouth wide: to yawn: to stare with open mouth: to be open, like a gap
    • n Gape act of gaping: width of the mouth when opened
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Some men there are love not a gaping pig, some that are mad if they behold a cat, and others when the bagpipe sings I the nose cannot contain their urine.”
  • Karl Kraus
    “It is the style of idealism to console itself for the loss of something old with the ability to gape at something new.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

I was in disgrace, and only hell seemed to gape at my feet!
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Dory was very tired; and he could not help gaping, he was so sleepy.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
But Gourlay gaped at him across the table, his eyes big with surprise and disapproval.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
The Prince could only gape and gape at her.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
A widely gaping hole exposed to our view the broken roots of the colossus, and the earth round them was already dry.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
He that gapes till he be fed may gape till he be dead.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
The three men, finding her thus, gaped in boundless astonishment.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
One Indian, gasping with pain, with both arms hanging like rags, lurched by me but not seeing me, his gaping mouth trying to sound his death-song.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Holes gaped in the thin plating close to the waterline.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
The people round began to gape.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

In poetry:

Oh, not the gaping wounds and red
And not the tortured sense,
And not the dying and the dead
And his own impotence.
"The Secret Foe" by Katharine Tynan
One summer's day a waggon stood
Just opposite his door;
An' th' childer all gaped raand as if
They'd ne'er seen one afoor.
"Th' Traitle Sop" by John Hartley
Around, the lurid mountains glow
With strange unearthly gleams;
While black abysses gape below,
Then close in jagged seams.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Gently he raised me from the ground,
Pressed me to lean upon his arm;
And into every gaping wound
He poured his own all-healing balm.
"The Good Samaritan" by John Newton
Tremble, my soul, and kiss the Son;
Sinners, obey the Savior's call;
Else your damnation hastens on,
And hell gapes wide to wait your fall.
"Hymn 44" by Isaac Watts
Some moments, I'm the sinner at his end,
That knows his doom if he unshriven go,
And losing hope of any ghostly friend,
Sees Hell already gape, and feels it glow.
"Birds In The Night" by Paul Verlaine

In news:

Growing gapes can be a rewarding pursuit.
"The gaping holes in the ground game against the Green Bay defense".
The social network of yawning hints that the involuntary gape may stem from empathy, which scientists hypothesize evolved to help individuals synchronize group behaviors through non-verbal cues.
It's just not going to be in the ACC much longer, and that leaves the conference with a gaping hole to fill -- quickly.
If you're anything like me, you're gaping at the fact that it's somehow December already and nearly time for the holidays.
Now for the big, gaping hole Massachusetts must address – and where it would do well to learn from Florida — improving Hispanic student performance.
Towering apartment blocks, complete with swimming pools and playgrounds, loom over empty streets, weed-filled lots and gaping excavation pits.
It was not just that the 1979 carpeting at Aaron Davis Hall was a lugubrious orange and had gaping holes.
The gaping deficits are of increasing concern to voters.
Sandy exposes gaping holes in hospital safety plans.
Plush, posh and more than slightly dazzling, Michael Dominick 's Steakhouse can make even Scottsdale sophisticates gape like hicks on their first trip to the big city.
Austerian Origins, G-20 Loses Its Grip , Gaping Income Gap.
There is more to a world record beer chugger technique than a gaping throat or an iron gut.
Heavy collected her 20 hottest , bikini-clad photos to leave you, like her competition, gaping in the dust.
A's general manager Billy Beane knows he has one gaping hole to fill before mid-February -- shortstop -- but the notion that it will happen at Major League Baseball's winter meetings beginning Monday probably is naïve.

In science:

Both measurements find that d-wave nodes survive in the underdoped regime, without the quasiparticles becoming gaped.
Theory of spin response in underdoped cuprates as strongly fluctuating d-wave superconductors
The phase transition which occurs at ∆ = 1 can be viewed as a metal-insulator transition between a critical metallic phase with a finite ρS and a gaped insulating regime where ρS = 0, following a Mott mechanism.
Scaling of the spin stiffness in random spin-1/2 chains : Crossover from pure-metallic behaviour to random singlet-localized regime
Finally for l → ∞ the quasiparticle energies evolve to the gaped Bogoliubov dispersion (20).
The flow equation approach to the pairing instability problem
When traversing the critical temperature Tc to a normal state the gaped Bogoliubov-type spectrum seems to be preserved, however for increasing temperature the shadow branch becomes more and more damped (see the right h.s. panel in figure 3).
The flow equation approach to the pairing instability problem
InξH ex (gape ) = exd−pe φ(ey + c) is not a pe -th power, which is obvious if d 6≡ 0 mod pe and which follows from the fact InP (ape ) = Pk+l=d ckl xk y l is not a pe -th power and hence φ(T ) = Pk+l=d ckl T l is not a pe -th power if d ≡ 0 mod pe .
Resolution of singularities of an idealistic filtration in dimension 3 after Benito-Villamayor