gap ( 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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