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Adjective opening has 1 sense
  1. opening - first or beginning; "the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth"; "the play's opening scene"
    closing, concluding, final, last, terminal, terminative, year-end
Noun opening has 12 senses
  1. opening, gap - 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"
    --1 is a kind of space
    --1 is a part of surface, Earth's surface
    --1 has particulars:
     pocket; Ranvier's nodes, nodes of Ranvier; foramen, hiatus; breach; chasm; crack, cleft, crevice, fissure, scissure; hole; mouth; rift; rip, rent, snag, split, tear; window
    Derived form: verb open8
  2. opening - a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise
    --2 is a kind of
    ceremony, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, observance
    Derived forms: verb open4, verb open2
  3. opening - becoming open or being made open; "the opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for"
    --3 is a kind of
    change of integrity
    --3 has particulars: cut, cutting
    Derived forms: verb open5, verb open3, verb open1
  4. opening, opening night, curtain raising - the first performance (as of a theatrical production); "the opening received good critical reviews"
    --4 is a kind of start
  5. opening - the act of opening something; "the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"
    --5 is a kind of
    motion, movement, move, motility
    Antonyms: shutting, closing
    Derived form: verb open1
  6. opening - opportunity especially for employment or promotion; "there is an opening in the sales department"
    --6 is a kind of
    opportunity, chance
    Derived forms: verb open7, verb open6
  7. opening - the initial part of the introduction; "the opening established the basic theme"
    --7 is a kind of
    --7 has particulars: teaser; salutation
  8. possibility, possible action, opening - a possible alternative; "bankruptcy is always a possibility"
    --8 is a kind of option, alternative, choice
    --8 has particulars: possible
  9. orifice, opening, porta - an aperture or hole opening into a bodily cavity; "the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart"
    --9 is a kind of passage, passageway
    --9 has particulars:
     vent; blastopore; aortic orifice; stoma; porta hepatis; spiracle; mouth; os; cervix, uterine cervix, cervix uteri; fenestra; cardia; introitus; urethral orifice, external orifice; pylorus; anus, arse, arsehole, asshole; fontanelle, fontanel, soft spot; naris; rima
    Derived forms: verb open8, verb open10
  10. opening - a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made; "they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"
    --10 is a kind of
    artifact, artefact
    --10 has particulars:
     aperture; bell; breech, rear of barrel, rear of tube; exit, issue, outlet, way out; fly, fly front; gap, crack; gun muzzle, muzzle; hole; intake; interstice; lunette, fenestella; mouth; neck; port, embrasure, porthole; slit; spout; throat; wicket, lattice, grille; window; window
  11. hatchway, opening, scuttle - an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
    --11 is a kind of entrance, entranceway, entryway, entry, entree
    --11 has parts: hatch
    --11 has particulars: escape hatch
    Derived form: verb open8
  12. first step, initiative, opening move, opening - the first of a series of actions; "he memorized all the important chess openings"
    --12 is a kind of beginning, start, commencement
    --12 has particulars: curtain raiser; first base; peace initiative
    Derived forms: verb open4, verb open2, verb open9
Verb open has 11 senses
  1. open, open up - cause to open or to become open; "Mary opened the car door"
    Antonyms: close, shut
    Derived forms: noun opener2, noun opener3, noun opening3, noun opening5
    Sample sentence:
    They want to open the doors
  2. open, open up - start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning; "open a business"
    Antonyms: close, fold, shut down, close down
    Derived forms: noun opening2, noun opening12
    Sample sentence:
    The business is going to open
  3. open, open up - become open; "The door opened"
    --3 is one way to change state, turn
    Antonyms: close, shut
    Derived form: noun opening3
    Sample sentence:
    The doors open
  4. open - begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.; "He opened the meeting with a long speech"
    --4 is one way to
    start, start up, embark on, commence
    Antonyms: close
    Derived forms: noun opener1, noun opening2, noun opening12
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  5. unfold, spread, spread out, open - spread out or open from a closed or folded state; "open the map"; "spread your arms"
    --5 is one way to undo
    Derived form: noun opening3
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s something PP
  6. open, open up - make available; "This opens up new possibilities"
    --6 is one way to yield, give, afford
    Derived form: noun opening6
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  7. open, open up - become available; "an opportunity opened up"
    --7 is one way to arise, come up
    Derived form: noun opening6
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s
  8. open - have an opening or passage or outlet; "The bedrooms open into the hall"
    Derived forms: noun opening1, noun opening9, noun opening11
    Sample sentence:
    Something is ----ing PP
  9. open - make the opening move; "Kasparov opened with a standard opening"
    --9 is one way to
    move, go
    Derived form: noun opening12
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s
  10. afford, open, give - afford access to; "the door opens to the patio"; "The French doors give onto a terrace"
    Derived forms: noun open4, noun opening9
    Sample sentence:
    Something is ----ing PP
  11. open - display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer
    --11 is one way to
    expose, exhibit, display
    Antonyms: close
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
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