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G`APE, v.i.

1. To open the mouth wide, from sleepiness, drowsiness or dullness; to yawn.

2. To open the mouth for food, as young birds.

3. To gape for or after, to desire earnestly; to crave; to look and long for; as, men often gape after court favor.

The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes.

To gape at, in a like sense, is hardly correct.

4. To open in fissures or crevices; as a gaping rock.

May that ground gape, and swallow me alive.

5. To have a hiatus; as one vowel gaping on another.

6. To open the mouth in wonder or surprise; as the gaping fool; the gaping crowd.

7. To utter sound with open throat.

8. To open the mouth with hope or expectation.

9. To open the mouth with a desire to injure or devour.

They have gaped upon me with their mouth. Job.16.



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G`APE, v.i.

1. To open the mouth wide, from sleepiness, drowsiness or dullness; to yawn.

2. To open the mouth for food, as young birds.

3. To gape for or after, to desire earnestly; to crave; to look and long for; as, men often gape after court favor.

The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes.

To gape at, in a like sense, is hardly correct.

4. To open in fissures or crevices; as a gaping rock.

May that ground gape, and swallow me alive.

5. To have a hiatus; as one vowel gaping on another.

6. To open the mouth in wonder or surprise; as the gaping fool; the gaping crowd.

7. To utter sound with open throat.

8. To open the mouth with hope or expectation.

9. To open the mouth with a desire to injure or devour.

They have gaped upon me with their mouth. Job.16.

GAPE, n.

A gaping. Addison.


GAPE, v.i. [Sax. geapan; Sw. gapa; D. gaapen; G. gaffen; Dan. gaber; Ar. خَابَ jauba, to split, tear or cut open.]

  1. To open the mouth wide, from sleepiness, drowsiness or dullness; to yawn. Swift.
  2. To open the mouth for food, as young birds. Dryden.
  3. To gape for or after, to desire earnestly; to crave; to look and long for; as, men often gape after court favor. The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes. Denham. To gape at, in a like sense, is hardly correct.
  4. To open in fissures or crevices; as, a gaping rock. May that ground gape and swallow me alive. Shak.
  5. To have a hiatus; as, one vowel gaping on another. Dryden.
  6. To open the mouth in wonder or surprise; as, the gaping fool; the gaping crowd.
  7. To utter sound with open throat. Roscommon.
  8. To open the mouth with hope or expectation. Hudibras.
  9. To open the mouth with a desire to injure or devour. They have gaped upon me with their mouth. Job xvi.

Gape
  1. To open the mouth wide

    ; as: (a)
  2. The act of gaping; a yawn.

    Addison.
  3. To pen or part widely; to exhibit a gap, fissure, or hiatus.

    May that ground gape and swallow me alive! Shak.

  4. The width of the mouth when opened, as of birds, fishes, etc.

    The gapes. (a) A fit of yawning. (b) A disease of young poultry and other birds, attended with much gaping. It is caused by a parasitic nematode worm (Syngamus trachealis), in the windpipe, which obstructs the breathing. See Gapeworm.

  5. To long, wait eagerly, or cry aloud for something; -- with for, after, or at.

    The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes. Denham.

    Syn. -- To gaze; stare; yawn. See Gaze.

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Gape

G'APE, verb intransitive

1. To open the mouth wide, from sleepiness, drowsiness or dullness; to yawn.

2. To open the mouth for food, as young birds.

3. To gape for or after, to desire earnestly; to crave; to look and long for; as, men often gape after court favor.

The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes.

To gape at, in a like sense, is hardly correct.

4. To open in fissures or crevices; as a gaping rock.

May that ground gape and swallow me alive.

5. To have a hiatus; as one vowel gaping on another.

6. To open the mouth in wonder or surprise; as the gaping fool; the gaping crowd.

7. To utter sound with open throat.

8. To open the mouth with hope or expectation.

9. To open the mouth with a desire to injure or devour.

They have gaped upon me with their mouth. Job 16:10.

G'APE, noun A gaping.

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