• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n gapes gāps See as the gapes, under gape n..
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Gapes a disease of birds, owing to the presence of trematode worms in the windpipe, shown by their uneasy gaping
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. gapa, to open the mouth; Ger. gaffen, to stare.


In literature:

It had left Lord John gaping.
"The Outcry" by Henry James
He be tired, and that air what makes him gape like that.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Gawking and gaping as though 'twere Christmas and Roman candles going off!
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
People came all the way from Sicyonia and Tyre to gape at it.
"A Book of Burlesques" by H. L. Mencken
They looked, and the suspicion became gaping dismay.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
The spot where the bomb had exploded was a gaping hole in the earth.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
The bystanders thronged around and gaped curiously at him, expecting every moment to see him drop down dead.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
Your scrip, a-swinging by your side, Gapes with a gaunt mouth hungry-wide.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
As they gaped, her two stacks swung almost into line.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
He eyed the ruined bosom with a regretful stare, plucking at the gaping tear with his graphite-dusted fingers and shaking his head mournfully.
"The Escape of Mr. Trimm" by Irvin S. Cobb

In poetry:

Give back the Babylon where I was born,
The lips that gape give back, the hands that grope,
And noise and blood and suffocating scorn
An eddy of fierce faces--and a hope
"The Hope Of The Streets" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Thou'rt the Samaritan, O Christ! so kind,
I, the poor trav'ler, wounded on the way,
My gaping wounds with proper dressings bind,
Comfort my heart, my painful smart allay.
"A Prayer For A Sick Person" by Rees Prichard
Poor plaintive waif of a predestined race,
Their ruin gapes for thee. Why linger here?
Go hence in silence. Veil thine orphaned face,
Lest I should look on it and call it dear.
"Moonrise Over Tyringham" by Edith Wharton
Thus (say the bards) some worthy knight maintains
A warr wth fairy states, enchanted scenes,
When he moves on the bright delusion fly's,
& dismall dungeons gape before his eyes
"On Mr Colliers Essay On The Stage" by Thomas Parnell
My heart is like a cleft pomegranate
Bleeding crimson seeds
And dripping them on the ground.
My heart gapes because it is ripe and over-full,
And its seeds are bursting from it.
"Miscast II" by Amy Lowell
Yet still the gen'ral Cry the Skies assails
And Gain and Grandeur load the tainted Gales;
Few know the toiling Statesman's Fear or Care,
Th' insidious Rival and the gaping Heir.
"The Vanity of Human Wishes: The Tenth Satire of Juvenal, Imitated" by Samuel Johnson

In news:

A gaping gulf exists today between America's economic collapse, our melting globe, and the lackluster response of top leaders in the US wind, solar and geothermal industries.
The slaying of a 29-year-old Riverside woman who was everyone's little sister , everyone's aunt and more of a pal than a relative has left a gaping hole in the lives of Ashanti Hassan's large extended family and friends.
A gaping hole in earth's protective ozone layer has again opened over Antarctica, and scientists reported yesterday that the depletion of ozone there seemed to be nearly as severe as it was in the worst previous years, 1987 and 1989.
The gape of the mouth of a bird.
The gaping or opening of the mouth.
You'll be massaging the kinks out of your neck after gaping upward at some of the world's largest sequoias.
There was a gaping hole.
A U-Haul truck, back door gaping, was parked on the circular drive facing the roar of lunchtime traffic on Camelback Road.
A gaping code execution flaw in Symantec's anti-virus product suite could allow malicious hackers to take complete control of a system without any user action.
This year's treasures include three sorely needed works that address gaping voids in wine literature.
A Harlem entrepreneur will try to defy all the odds and launch a new cable-TV network this fall, hoping to fill what she calls a gaping hole in " multicultural programming.".
The adoption occurs in hopes of healing the gaping hole left in their hearts after a deeply traumatizing miscarriage.
The pier now has at least two gaping holes in the middle with large chunks of wood sticking out throughout.
After losing control of her 2002 Chevrolet in the parking lot of the Sag Harbor Post Office around noon last Thursday, a Sag Harbor woman crashed into the post office building, hitting it hard enough to put a gaping hole in it.
It was after normal business hours, so I had to use the emergency room entrance, the parking lot for which was pocked with three gaping potholes .

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