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English adjective: opening

1. opening first or beginning


SamplesThe memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth.
The play's opening scene.


Similarbeginning, first, first, inaugural, initiative, initiatory, introductory, maiden, starting


Antonymsclosing


English noun: opening

1. opening (object) an open or empty space in or between things


SamplesThere was a small opening between the trees.
The explosion made a gap in the wall.


Synonymsgap


Broader (hypernym)space


Narrower (hyponym)breach, chasm, cleft, crack, crevice, diastema, fissure, foramen, hiatus, hole, mouth, nodes of Ranvier, pocket, Ranvier's nodes, rent, rift, rip, scissure, snag, split, tear, window


Part meronymEarth's surface, surface

2. opening (event) a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise


Broader (hypernym)ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance

3. opening (act) becoming open or being made open


SamplesThe opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for.


Broader (hypernym)change of integrity


Narrower (hyponym)cut, cutting

4. opening (event) the first performance (as of a theatrical production)


SamplesThe opening received good critical reviews.


Synonymscurtain raising, opening night


Broader (hypernym)start

5. opening (act) the act of opening something


SamplesThe ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door.


Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement


Antonymsclosing, shutting

6. opening (state) opportunity especially for employment or promotion


SamplesThere is an opening in the sales department.


Broader (hypernym)chance, opportunity

7. opening (communication) the initial part of the introduction


SamplesThe opening established the basic theme.


Broader (hypernym)introduction


Narrower (hyponym)salutation, teaser

8. opening (cognition) a possible alternative


SamplesBankruptcy is always a possibility.


Synonymspossibility, possible action


Broader (hypernym)alternative, choice, option


Narrower (hyponym)possible

9. opening (body) an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity


SamplesThe orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart.


Synonymsorifice, porta


Broader (hypernym)passage, passageway


Narrower (hyponym)anus, aortic orifice, blastopore, cardia, cervix, cervix uteri, external orifice, fenestra, fontanel, fontanelle, introitus, mouth, naris, os, porta hepatis, pylorus, rima, soft spot, spiracle, stoma, urethral orifice, uterine cervix, vent

10. opening (artifact) a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made


SamplesThey left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door.


Broader (hypernym)artefact, artifact


Narrower (hyponym)aperture, bell, breech, crack, embrasure, exit, fenestella, fly, fly front, gap, grille, gun muzzle, hole, inlet, intake, interstice, issue, lattice, lunette, mouth, muzzle, neck, neck opening, outlet, pass-through, port, porthole, rear of barrel, rear of tube, slit, spout, throat, way out, wicket, window, window

11. opening (artifact) an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship


Synonymshatchway, scuttle


Broader (hypernym)entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway


Narrower (hyponym)escape hatch


Part holonymhatch

12. opening (act) a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess


SamplesHe memorized all the important chess openings.


Synonymschess opening


Broader (hypernym)sequence, succession


Domain categorychess, chess game

13. opening (act) the first of a series of actions


Synonymsfirst step, initiative, opening move


Broader (hypernym)beginning, commencement, start


Narrower (hyponym)curtain raiser, first base, peace initiative









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