- 1. opening, gap, space
- usage: an open or empty space in or between things; "there was a small opening between the trees"; "the explosion made a gap in the wall"
- 2. opening, ceremony, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, observance
- usage: a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise
- 3. opening, change of integrity
- usage: becoming open or being made open; "the opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for"
- 4. opening, opening night, curtain raising, start
- usage: the first performance (as of a theatrical production); "the opening received good critical reviews"
- 5. opening, motion, movement, move, motility
- usage: the act of opening something; "the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"
- 6. opening, opportunity, chance
- usage: opportunity especially for employment or promotion; "there is an opening in the sales department"
- 7. opening, introduction
- usage: the initial part of the introduction; "the opening established the basic theme"
- 8. possibility, possible action, opening, option, alternative, choice
- usage: a possible alternative; "bankruptcy is always a possibility"
- 9. orifice, opening, porta, passage, passageway
- usage: an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity; "the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart"
- 10. opening, artifact, artefact
- usage: a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made; "they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"
- 11. hatchway, opening, scuttle, entrance, entranceway, entryway, entry, entree
- usage: an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
- 12. opening, chess opening, succession, sequence
- usage: a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess; "he memorized all the important chess openings"
- 13. first step, initiative, opening move, opening, beginning, start, commencement
- usage: the first of a series of actions
- 1. open, open up
- usage: cause to open or to become open; "Mary opened the car door"
- 2. open, open up
- usage: start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning; "open a business"
- 3. open, open up, change state, turn
- usage: become open; "The door opened"
- 4. open, start, start up, embark on, commence
- usage: begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.; "He opened the meeting with a long speech"
- 5. unfold, spread, spread out, open, undo
- usage: spread out or open from a closed or folded state; "open the map"; "spread your arms"
- 6. open, open up, yield, give, afford
- usage: make available; "This opens up new possibilities"
- 7. open, open up, arise, come up
- usage: become available; "an opportunity opened up"
- 8. open
- usage: have an opening or passage or outlet; "The bedrooms open into the hall"
- 9. open, move, go
- usage: make the opening move; "Kasparov opened with a standard opening"
- 10. afford, open, give
- usage: afford access to; "the door opens to the patio"; "The French doors give onto a terrace"
- 11. open, expose, exhibit, display
- usage: display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer
WordNet 3.0 Copyright © 2006 by Princeton University.
- 1. opening (vs. closing), beginning(prenominal), first, inaugural, initiative, initiatory, first, maiden, introductory, starting
- usage: first or beginning; "the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth"; "the play's opening scene"
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