AskDefine | Define opening

Dictionary Definition

opening adj : first or beginning; "the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth"; "the play's opening scene" [ant: closing]


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" [syn: 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" [syn: opening night, curtain raising]
5 the act of opening something; "the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door" [ant: shutting]
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" [syn: possibility, possible action]
9 an aperture or hole opening into a bodily cavity; "the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart" [syn: 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 [syn: hatchway, scuttle]
12 the first of a series of actions; "he memorized all the important chess openings" [syn: first step, initiative, opening move]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A hole; a gap; a crevice.
  2. The first few moves in a game of chess.
  3. An unoccupied employment position.
  4. The first performance of a show or play by a particular troupe.
  5. The initial period an art gallery or museum is first opened.
  6. The first few measures of a musical composition.


hole; gap; crevice
first few moves in a game of chess
unoccupied employment position
first performance of a show or play by a particular troupe
initial period an art gallery or museum is first opened
first few measures of a musical composition


  1. present participle of open


  1. describing the first period of play, usually up to the fall of the first wicket; describing a batsman who opens the innings or a bowler who opens the attack

Extensive Definition

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opening in Italian: Apertura
opening in Dutch: Opening

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