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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


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.


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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