definition of openings by The Free Dictionary

Noun 1. opening – 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”

pocket – an opening at the corner or on the side of a billiard table into which billiard balls are struck
diastema – a gap or vacant space between two teeth
foramen, hiatus – a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure
breach – an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification)
chasm – a deep opening in the earth’s surface
hole – an opening into or through something
mouth – an opening that resembles a mouth (as of a cave or a gorge); “he rode into the mouth of the canyon”; “they built a fire at the mouth of the cave”
rift – a gap between cloud masses; “the sun shone through a rift in the clouds”
rent, rip, tear, snag, split – an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; “there was a rip in his pants”; “she had snags in her stockings”
Earth’s surface, surface – the outermost level of the land or sea; “earthquakes originate far below the surface”; “three quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered by water”
window – an opening that resembles a window in appearance or function; “he could see them through a window in the trees”
space – an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things); “the architect left space in front of the building”; “they stopped at an open space in the jungle”; “the space between his teeth”
2. opening – a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise 3. opening – becoming open or being made open; “the opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for”

cutting, cut – the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge; “his cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels”
4. opening - the first performance (as of a theatrical production)opening – the first performance (as of a theatrical production); “the opening received good critical reviews”

start – the beginning of anything; “it was off to a good start”
5. opening – the act of opening something; “the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door”

movement, motility, motion, move – a change of position that does not entail a change of location; “the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise”; “movement is a sign of life”; “an impatient move of his hand”; “gastrointestinal motility”
6. opening – opportunity especially for employment or promotion; “there is an opening in the sales department”

chance, opportunity – a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances; “the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington”; “now is your chance”
7. opening – the initial part of the introduction; “the opening established the basic theme”

teaser – an attention-getting opening presented at the start of a television show
salutation – word of greeting used to begin a letter
8. opening – a possible alternative; “bankruptcy is always a possibility”

alternative, option, choice – one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen; “what option did I have?”; “there no other alternative”; “my only choice is to refuse”
possible – something that can be done; “politics is the art of the possible”
9. opening - an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavityopening – an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity; “the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart”

vent – external opening of urinary or genital system of a lower vertebrate
aortic orifice – the orifice from the lower left chamber of the heart to the aorta
stoma – a mouth or mouthlike opening (especially one created by surgery on the surface of the body to create an opening to an internal organ)
passageway, passage – a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass; “the nasal passages”
porta hepatis – opening for major blood vessels to enter and leave the liver
mouth – the externally visible part of the oral cavity on the face and the system of organs surrounding the opening; “she wiped lipstick from her mouth”
os – a mouth or mouthlike opening
fenestra – a small opening covered with membrane (especially one in the bone between the middle and inner ear)
cardia – the opening into the stomach and that part of the stomach connected to the esophagus
introitus – entrance or opening to a hollow organ or tube (especially the vaginal opening); “the introitus of the vagina”
pylorus – a small circular opening between the stomach and the duodenum
anus – the excretory opening at the end of the alimentary canal
naris – any of the openings to the nasal cavities that allow air to flow through the cavities to the pharynx
rima – a narrow elongated opening or fissure between two symmetrical parts
10. opening – a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made; “they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door”

aperture – an man-made opening; usually small
bell – the flared opening of a tubular device
exit, way out, outlet, issue – an opening that permits escape or release; “he blocked the way out”; “the canyon had only one issue”
fly front, fly – an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or by buttons concealed under a fold of cloth
crack, gap – a narrow opening; “he opened the window a crack”
hole – an opening deliberately made in or through something
inlet, intake – an opening through which fluid is admitted to a tube or container
mouth – the opening of a jar or bottle; “the jar had a wide mouth”
neck opening, neck – an opening in a garment for the neck of the wearer; a part of the garment near the wearer’s neck
pass-through – an opening that resembles a window between two rooms (especially a shelved opening between a kitchen and dining room that is used to pass dishes)
slit – a long narrow opening
spout – an opening that allows the passage of liquids or grain
throat – an opening in the vamp of a shoe at the instep
grille, lattice, wicket – small opening (like a window in a door) through which business can be transacted
window – a transparent opening in a vehicle that allow vision out of the sides or back; usually is capable of being opened
window – an opening in a wall or screen that admits light and air and through which customers can be served; “he stuck his head in the window”
11. opening - an entrance equipped with a hatchopening – an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship

entrance, entranceway, entryway, entree, entry – something that provides access (to get in or get out); “they waited at the entrance to the garden”; “beggars waited just outside the entryway to the cathedral”
escape hatch – hatchway that provides a means of escape in an emergency
hatch – a movable barrier covering a hatchway
12. opening – a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess; “he memorized all the important chess openings”

chess game, chess – a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent’s king
succession, sequence – the action of following in order; “he played the trumps in sequence”
13. opening – the first of a series of actions

first base – the initial stage in accomplishing something; “we didn’t get to first base with that approach”
Adj. 1. opening – first or beginning; “the memorable opening bars of Beethoven’s Fifth”; “the play’s opening scene”

closing – final or ending; “the closing stages of the election”; “the closing weeks of the year”; “the closing scene of the film”; “closing remarks”

Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

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