- present participle of open
opening (plural openings)
- An act or instance of making or becoming open.
- The daily openings of the day lily bloom gives it its name.
- He remembered fondly the Christmas morning opening of presents.
- Something that is open.
- A salamander darted out of an opening in the rocks.
- He slipped through an opening in the crowd.
- An act or instance of beginning.
- There have been few factory and store openings in the US lately.
- Their opening of the concert with Brass in Pocket always fires up the crowd.
- Something that is a beginning.
- The first performance of a show or play by a particular troupe.
- They were disappointed at the turnout for their opening, but hoped that word would spread.
- The initial period a show at an art gallery or museum is first opened, especially the first evening.
- The first few measures of a musical composition.
- (chess) The first few moves in a game of chess.
- John spends two hours a day studying openings, and another two hours studying endgames.
- A vacant position, especially in an array.
- Are there likely to be any openings on the Supreme Court in the next four years?
- A time available in a schedule.
- If you'd like to make a booking with us, we have an opening at twelve o'clock.
- The only two-hour openings for the hockey rink are between 1AM and 5AM.
- An unoccupied employment position.
- We have an opening in our marketing department.
- An opportunity, as in a competitive activity.
2010 December 29, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton”, in BBC:
- The Reds carved the first opening of the second period as Glen Johnson's pull-back found David Ngog but the Frenchman hooked wide from six yards.
act or instance of making or becoming open
act or instance of beginning
first performance of a show or play by a particular troupe
initial period an art gallery or museum is first opened
first few measures of a musical composition
first few moves in a game of chess
vacant position, in an array
time available in a schedule
unoccupied employment position
opening (comparative more opening, superlative most opening)
- (cricket) describing the first period of play, usually up to the fall of the first wicket; describing a batsman who opens the innings or a bowler who opens the attack
terms derived from opening