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4 definitions found
 for Gape
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gape \Gape\, n.
     1. The act of gaping; a yawn. --Addison.
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     2. (Zool.) The width of the mouth when opened, as of birds,
        fishes, etc.
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     The gapes.
        (a) A fit of yawning.
        (b) A disease of young poultry and other birds, attended
            with much gaping. It is caused by a parasitic nematode
            worm ({Syngamus trachealis), in the windpipe, which
            obstructs the breathing. See Gapeworm.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gape \Gape\ (g[aum]p; in Eng, commonly g[=a]p; 277), v. i. [imp.
     & p. p. Gaped (g[aum]pt or g[=a]pt); p. pr. & vb. n.
     Gaping] [OE. gapen, AS. geapan to open; akin to D. gapen to
     gape, G. gaffen, Icel. & Sw. gapa, Dan. gabe; cf. Skr. jabh
     to snap at, open the mouth. Cf. Gaby, Gap.]
     1. To open the mouth wide; as:
        (a) Expressing a desire for food; as, young birds gape.
            --Dryden.
        (b) Indicating sleepiness or indifference; to yawn.
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                  She stretches, gapes, unglues her eyes,
                  And asks if it be time to rise.   --Swift.
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        (c) Showing unselfconsciousness in surprise, astonishment,
            expectation, etc.
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                  With gaping wonderment had stared aghast.
                                                    --Byron.
        (d) Manifesting a desire to injure, devour, or overcome.
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                  They have gaped upon me with their mouth. --Job
                                                    xvi. 10.
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     2. To open or part widely; to exhibit a gap, fissure, or
        hiatus.
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              May that ground gape and swallow me alive! --Shak.
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     3. To long, wait eagerly, or cry aloud for something; -- with
        for, after, or at.
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              The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes.
                                                    --Denham.
  
     Syn: To gaze; stare; yawn. See Gaze.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  gape
      n 1: an expression of openmouthed astonishment
      2: a stare of amazement (usually with the mouth open)
      v 1: look with amazement; look stupidly [syn: goggle, gape,
           gawp, gawk]
      2: be wide open; "the deep gaping canyon" [syn: gape, yawn,
         yaw]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  160 Moby Thesaurus words for "gape":
     abysm, abyss, aperture, arroyo, attend, be amazed, be astonished,
     be curious, bedroom eyes, bore, box canyon, breach, break,
     broaching, burn with curiosity, canyon, cavity, chap, chasm, check,
     chimney, chink, clearing, cleft, cleuch, clough, col,
     come-hither look, coulee, couloir, crack, crane, crane the neck,
     cranny, crevasse, crevice, cut, cwm, defile, dehisce, dehiscence,
     dell, dig around for, dig up, dike, disclosure, ditch, donga, draw,
     evil eye, excavation, eye, fault, fenestra, fissure, fistula, flaw,
     flume, fontanel, foramen, fracture, furrow, gap, gaping, gash, gat,
     gaup, gawk, gaze, gaze open-mouthed, glad eye, glare, gloat,
     glower, glowering look, goggle, gorge, groove, gulch, gulf, gully,
     hang open, hiatus, hole, hollow, incision, inlet, inquire,
     interrogate, interval, joint, kloof, lacuna, laying open, leak,
     look, look at, look on, malocchio, marvel, moat, nose around for,
     nose out, notch, nullah, ogle, opening, opening up, orifice,
     oscitancy, oscitate, oscitation, outlet, pandiculation, part, pass,
     passage, passageway, peer, penetrating look, pore, query, question,
     quiz, ravine, rent, rift, rime, rubber, rubberneck, rupture,
     scissure, seam, seek, slit, slot, space, split, stand aghast,
     stand on tiptoe, stare, stare at, stare down, stare hard,
     stare openmouthed, stoma, take in, the gapes, throwing open,
     trench, uncorking, unstopping, valley, void, wadi, want to know,
     watch, yaw, yawn, yawning
  
  

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