gape ( gapes 3rd person present) ( gaping present participle) ( gaped past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you gape, you look at someone or something in surprise, usually with an open mouth.
His secretary stopped taking notes to gape at me... V at n
...a grotesque face with its gaping mouth. V-ing, Also V
2 verb If you say that something such as a hole or a wound gapes, you are emphasizing that it is big or wide., (emphasis)
The front door was missing. A hole gaped in the roof. V
gaping adj usu ADJ n
The aircraft took off with a gaping hole in its fuselage., ...a gaping wound in her back.
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
1 gawk, gawp (Brit. slang) goggle, stare, wonder
2 crack, open, split, yawn
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