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  ( gaps    plural  )
1       n-count   A gap is a space between two things or a hole in the middle of something solid.  
He pulled the thick curtains together, leaving just a narrow gap., ...the wind tearing through gaps in the window frames.     
2       n-count   A gap is a period of time when you are not busy or when you stop doing something that you normally do.  
oft N of n   (=break)  
There followed a gap of four years, during which William joined the Army.     
3       n-count   If there is something missing from a situation that prevents it being complete or satisfactory, you can say that there is a gap.  
usu with supp  
We need more young scientists to fill the gap left by a wave of retirements expected over the next decade..., Like a good businessman, Stewart identified a gap in the market.     
4       n-count   A gapbetween two groups of people, things, or sets of ideas is a big difference between them.  
with supp, oft N between pl-n  
...the gap between rich and poor..., America's trade gap widened..., Britain needs to bridge the technology gap between academia and industry.     

credibility gap     
A credibility gap is the difference between what a person says or promises and what they actually think or do.      n-sing  
There is a credibility gap developing between employers and employees.     
gap-fill        ( gap-fills    plural  ) In language teaching, a gap-fill test is an exercise in which words are removed from a text and replaced with spaces. The learner has to fill each space with the missing word or a suitable word.      n-count   usu N n   (=cloze)  
If you describe a person or their smile as gap-toothed, you mean that some of that person's teeth are missing.      adj   usu ADJ n  
...a broad, gap-toothed grin.     
gap year     
A gap year is a period of time during which a student takes a break from studying after they have finished school and before they start college or university.  
  (BRIT)      n-sing  
I went around the world in my gap year.     
generation gap        ( generation gaps    plural  ) If you refer to the generation gap, you are referring to a difference in attitude and behaviour between older people and younger people, which may cause them to argue or may prevent them from understanding each other fully.      n-count  
trade gap        ( trade gaps    plural  ) If a country imports goods worth more than the value of the goods that it exports, this is referred to as a trade gap.     (BUSINESS)      n-count   usu sing  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    blank, breach, break, breathing space, chink, cleft, crack, cranny, crevice, discontinuity, divide, entr'acte, hiatus, hole, interlude, intermission, interruption, interstice, interval, lacuna, lull, opening, pause, recess, rent, respite, rift, space, vacuity, void  
2    difference, disagreement, disparity, divergence, inconsistency  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

generation gap n.
a broad difference in values and attitudes between one and another especially between parents and their children

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hin, often tapered piece of material, such as wood, stone, or metal, used to fill gaps, make something level, or adjust something to fit properly
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