Hypertext Webster Gateway: "opening"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Opening \O"pen*ing\, n.
1. The act or process of opening; a beginning; commencement;
first appearance; as, the opening of a speech.

The opening of your glory was like that of light.

2. A place which is open; a breach; an aperture; a gap;
cleft, or hole.

We saw him at the opening of his tent. --Shak.

3. Hence: A vacant place; an opportunity; as, an opening for
business. [Colloq.] --Dickens.

4. A thinly wooded space, without undergrowth, in the midst
of a forest; as, oak openings. [U.S.] --Cooper.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Open \O"pen\ v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Opened}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Opening}.] [AS. openian. See {Open},a.]
1. To make or set open; to render free of access; to unclose;
to unbar; to unlock; to remove any fastening or covering
from; as, to open a door; to open a box; to open a room;
to open a letter.

And all the windows of my heart I open to the day.

2. To spread; to expand; as, to open the hand.

3. To disclose; to reveal; to interpret; to explain.

The king opened himself to some of his council, that
he was sorry for the earl's death. --Bacon.

Unto thee have I opened my cause. --Jer. xx. 12.

While he opened to us the Scriptures. --Luke xxiv.

4. To make known; to discover; also, to render available or
accessible for settlements, trade, etc.

The English did adventure far for to open the North
parts of America. --Abp. Abbot.

5. To enter upon; to begin; as, to open a discussion; to open
fire upon an enemy; to open trade, or correspondence; to
open a case in court, or a meeting.

6. To loosen or make less compact; as, to open matted cotton
by separating the fibers.

{To open one's mouth}, {to speak}.

{To open up}, to lay open; to discover; to disclose.

Poetry that had opened up so many delightful views
into the character and condition of our ``bold
peasantry, their country's pride.'' --Prof.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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

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