Part of speech: verb

To open the mouth wide; yawn; open wide, as a chasm.

Part of speech: noun

The act of gaping; a chasm; fissure.

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Usage examples "gape":

  1. Seeing him inclined to gape, she ran up to him, caught up his chin between her ten fingers, and kissed him on both cheeks, saying: 'You needn't come, if you're too proud, you know, little man! - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  2. Even my own babies gape at me kind of round- eyed when I take them in my arms. - "The Prairie Mother", Arthur Stringer.
  3. Now, with the magnificent courage invariably shown by American sailors even when the gates of death gape wide before their eyes, the first and second officers contrived to hoist the two girls to the chart- room behind the bridge. - "His Unknown Wife", Louis Tracy.