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opening

[ oh-puh-ning ]SEE DEFINITION OF opening

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OPENING

Here's copper just closed at 93, after opening strong this morning at 105.

What opening for extrication, unless, indeed, Emilia should die?

Tulips are opening their variegated cups, and daffodils line the walls.

She started suddenly awake, seeming to have been roused by the opening of a door.

It was strewn with pink buds; some just opening into beauty, some half-blown.

"To the devil with your tricks," said John, opening and shutting his great red hands.

With the opening of spring the little house at Hillfoot took on fresh activities.

It is like closing a volume of Ossian and opening the pages of Theocritus.

Let us look at the opening chapters of Genesis for illustration.

"Wait, I'll come out;" and opening a door in the rail, he passed around to the girl.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English openung "act of opening" (a door, mouth, etc.), "disclosure, manifestation," verbal noun from present participle of open (v.). Meaning "vacant space, hole, aperture, doorway" is attested from c.1200. Meaning "act of opening (a place, to the public)" is from late 14c. Sense of "action of beginning (something)" is from 1712; meaning "first performance of a play" is 1855; "start of an art exhibit" is from 1905. Sense of "opportunity, chance" is from 1793.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR OPENING

vent

nounoutlet
  • aperture
  • avenue
  • chimney
  • drain
  • duct
  • exit
  • flue
  • hole
  • opening
  • orifice
  • pipe
  • split
  • spout
  • ventilator

void

nounemptiness, want

way

noundirection, route
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