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opening

adjective (a)

  • first or beginning (adj.all)
    Antonym: closing
    Example:
    The memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth.
    The play's opening scene.
    source: wordnet30

noun (n)

  • an open or empty space in or between things (noun.object)
    Synonym: gap
    Example:
    There was a small opening between the trees.
    source: wordnet30
  • a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise (noun.event)
    source: wordnet30
  • becoming open or being made open (noun.act)
    Example:
    The opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for.
    source: wordnet30
  • the first performance (as of a theatrical production) (noun.event)
    Example:
    The opening received good critical reviews.
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of opening something (noun.act)
    Antonym: closing, shutting
    Example:
    The ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door.
    source: wordnet30
  • opportunity especially for employment or promotion (noun.state)
    Example:
    There is an opening in the sales department.
    source: wordnet30
  • the initial part of the introduction (noun.communication)
    Example:
    The opening established the basic theme.
    source: wordnet30
  • a possible alternative (noun.cognition)
    source: wordnet30
  • an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity (noun.body)
    Synonym: orifice, porta
    source: wordnet30
  • a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    They left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door.
    source: wordnet30
  • an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: hatchway, scuttle
    source: wordnet30
  • a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess (noun.act)
    Synonym: chess opening
    Example:
    He memorized all the important chess openings.
    source: wordnet30
  • the first of a series of actions (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • The act or process of opening; a beginning; commencement; first appearance; as, the opening of a speech. (noun)
    source: webster1913

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