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Definition of 'opening'

See also: open 


  1. an open or empty space in or between things; "there was a small opening between the trees"; "the explosion made a gap in the wall"
       Synonyms: gap
  2. a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise
  3. becoming open or being made open; "the opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for"
  4. the first performance (as of a theatrical production); "the opening received good critical reviews"
       Synonyms: opening night curtain raising
  5. the act of opening something; "the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"
       Antonyms: shutting closing
  6. opportunity especially for employment or promotion; "there is an opening in the sales department"
  7. the initial part of the introduction; "the opening established the basic theme"
  8. a possible alternative; "bankruptcy is always a possibility"
       Synonyms: possibility possible action
  9. an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity; "the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart"
       Synonyms: orifice porta
  10. a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made; "they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"
  11. an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
       Synonyms: hatchway scuttle
  12. a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess; "he memorized all the important chess openings"
       Synonyms: chess opening
  13. the first of a series of actions
       Synonyms: first step initiative opening move


  1. first or beginning; "the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth"; "the play's opening scene"
       Antonyms: closing

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