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Definition 1: a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess - [noun denoting act]

Samples where opening or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he memorized all the important chess openings

Synonyms for opening in the sense of this definition

(opening is a kind of ...) the action of following in order

"he played the trumps in sequence"

(opening belongs to category ...) a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's king

Definition 2: the act of opening something - [noun denoting act]

Samples where opening or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door

(opening is a kind of ...) a change of position that does not entail a change of location

"the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise" "movement is a sign of life" "an impatient move of his hand" "gastrointestinal motility"

Definition 3: becoming open or being made open - [noun denoting act]

Samples where opening or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for

(opening is a kind of ...) the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something

(... is a kind of opening ) the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge

"his cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels"

Definition 4: the first of a series of actions - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for opening in the sense of this definition

(opening is a kind of ...) the act of starting something

"he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"

(... is a kind of opening ) any preliminary activity

(... is a kind of opening ) the initial stage in accomplishing something

"we didn't get to first base with that approach"

(... is a kind of opening ) opening move in negotiating a peace treaty

Definition 5: a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where opening or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door

(opening is a kind of ...) a man-made object taken as a whole

(... is a kind of opening ) the opening of a jar or bottle

"the jar had a wide mouth"

(... is a kind of opening ) an opening in a garment for the neck of the wearer; a part of the garment near the wearer's neck

(... is a kind of opening ) an opening that resembles a window between two rooms (especially a shelved opening between a kitchen and dining room that is used to pass dishes)

(... is a kind of opening ) an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through

(... is a kind of opening ) a long narrow opening

(... is a kind of opening ) an opening that allows the passage of liquids or grain

(... is a kind of opening ) an opening in the vamp of a shoe at the instep

(... is a kind of opening ) small opening (like a window in a door) through which business can be transacted

(... is a kind of opening ) a transparent opening in a vehicle that allow vision out of the sides or back; usually is capable of being opened

(... is a kind of opening ) oval or circular opening; to allow light into a dome or vault

(... is a kind of opening ) small opening between things

(... is a kind of opening ) an man-made opening; usually small

(... is a kind of opening ) the flared opening of a tubular device

(... is a kind of opening ) opening in the rear of the barrel of a gun where bullets can be loaded

(... is a kind of opening ) an opening that permits escape or release

"he blocked the way out" "the canyon had only one issue"

(... is a kind of opening ) an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or by buttons concealed under a fold of cloth

(... is a kind of opening ) a narrow opening

"he opened the window a crack"

(... is a kind of opening ) the open circular discharging end of a gun

(... is a kind of opening ) an opening deliberately made in or through something

(... is a kind of opening ) an opening through which fluid is admitted to a tube or container

(... is a kind of opening ) an opening in a wall or screen that admits light and air and through which customers can be served

"he stuck his head in the window"

Definition 6: an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for opening in the sense of this definition

(opening is a kind of ...) something that provides access (to get in or get out)

"they waited at the entrance to the garden" "beggars waited just outside the entryway to the cathedral"

(... is a kind of opening ) hatchway that provides a means of escape in an emergency

(opening is a part of ...) a movable barrier covering a hatchway

Definition 7: an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity - [noun denoting body]

Samples where opening or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart

Synonyms for opening in the sense of this definition

(opening is a kind of ...) a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass

"the nasal passages"

(... is a kind of opening ) external opening of urinary or genital system of a lower vertebrate

(... is a kind of opening ) the opening into the stomach and that part of the stomach connected to the esophagus

(... is a kind of opening ) entrance or opening to a hollow organ or tube (especially the vaginal opening)

"the introitus of the vagina"

(... is a kind of opening ) the orifice through which urine is discharged

(... is a kind of opening ) a small circular opening between the stomach and the duodenum

(... is a kind of opening ) the excretory opening at the end of the alimentary canal

(... is a kind of opening ) any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus

(... is a kind of opening ) any of the openings to the nasal cavities that allow air to flow through the cavities to the pharynx

(... is a kind of opening ) a small opening covered with membrane (especially one in the bone between the middle and inner ear)

(... is a kind of opening ) necklike opening to the uterus

(... is a kind of opening ) a mouth or mouthlike opening

(... is a kind of opening ) the externally visible part of the oral cavity on the face and the system of organs surrounding the opening

"she wiped lipstick from her mouth"

(... is a kind of opening ) a breathing orifice

(... is a kind of opening ) opening for major blood vessels to enter and leave the liver

(... is a kind of opening ) a mouth or mouthlike opening (especially one created by surgery on the surface of the body to create an opening to an internal organ)

(... is a kind of opening ) the orifice from the lower left chamber of the heart to the aorta

(... is a kind of opening ) the opening into the archenteron

(... is a kind of opening ) a narrow elongated opening or fissure between two symmetrical parts

Definition 8: a possible alternative - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where opening or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bankruptcy is always a possibility

Synonyms for opening in the sense of this definition

(opening is a kind of ...) one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

"what option did I have?" "there is no other alternative" "my only choice is to refuse"

(... is a kind of opening ) something that can be done

"politics is the art of the possible"

Definition 9: the initial part of the introduction - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where opening or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the opening established the basic theme

(opening is a kind of ...) the first section of a communication

(... is a kind of opening ) an attention-getting opening presented at the start of a television show

(... is a kind of opening ) word of greeting used to begin a letter

Definition 10: the first performance (as of a theatrical production) - [noun denoting event]

Samples where opening or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the opening received good critical reviews

Synonyms for opening in the sense of this definition

(opening is a kind of ...) the beginning of anything

"it was off to a good start"

Definition 11: a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise - [noun denoting event]

(opening is a kind of ...) a formal event performed on a special occasion

"a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"

Definition 12: an open or empty space in or between things - [noun denoting object]

Samples where opening or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there was a small opening between the trees
  • the explosion made a gap in the wall

Synonyms for opening in the sense of this definition

(opening is a kind of ...) an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things)

"the architect left space in front of the building" "they stopped at an open space in the jungle" "the space between his teeth"

(... is a kind of opening ) an opening that resembles a window in appearance or function

"he could see them through a window in the trees"

(... is a kind of opening ) an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart

"there was a rip in his pants" "she had snags in her stockings"

(... is a kind of opening ) a gap between cloud masses

"the sun shone through a rift in the clouds"

(... is a kind of opening ) an opening that resembles a mouth (as of a cave or a gorge)

"he rode into the mouth of the canyon" "they built a fire at the mouth of the cave"

(... is a kind of opening ) an opening into or through something

(... is a kind of opening ) a long narrow opening

(... is a kind of opening ) a deep opening in the earth's surface

(... is a kind of opening ) an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification)

(... is a kind of opening ) a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure

(... is a kind of opening ) small gaps in the myelin sheath of medullated axons

(... is a kind of opening ) a gap or vacant space between two teeth

(... is a kind of opening ) an opening at the corner or on the side of a billiard table into which billiard balls are struck

(... is part of opening) the outermost level of the land or sea

"earthquakes originate far below the surface" "three quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water"

Definition 13: opportunity especially for employment or promotion - [noun denoting state]

Samples where opening or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there is an opening in the sales department

(opening is a kind of ...) a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

"the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington" "now is your chance"

Definition 14: first or beginning - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where opening or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth
  • the play's opening scene

(opening is similar to ...) serving to begin

"the beginning canto of the poem" "the first verse"

(opening is similar to ...) serving to set in motion

"the magazine's inaugural issue" "the initiative phase in the negotiations" "an initiatory step toward a treaty" "his first (or maiden) speech in Congress" "the liner's maiden voyage"

(opening is similar to ...) serving to open or begin

"began the slide show with some introductory remarks"

(opening is similar to ...) appropriate to the beginning or start of an event

"the starting point" "hands in the starting position"

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