opening


opening
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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Open space
Nouns
1. opening, hole, foramen; aperture, yawning, oscitancy, dehiscence; chasm (see interval); breach.
2. (small opening) puncture, perforation, scuttle; pinhole, keyhole, loophole, porthole, peephole, pigeonhole; eye, eyelet, slot, oriel; porousness, porosity. Slang, glory hole.
3. (passageway) outlet, egress; inlet, ingress; port; vent, vomitory; embouchure; crater, orifice, mouth, sucker, muzzle, throat, gullet; estuary; pore; nozzle, tap, spigot; bore, caliber.
4. (opening in a building) door, doorway, entrance, entry, portal, porch, gate, astiary, postern, wicket, trapdoor, hatch; arcade; gateway, hatchway, gangway; embrasure, window, casement, light; dormer; lantern; skylight, fanlight; lattice, louver. Slang, gazer. See building.
5. sieve, screen, filter, colander; honeycomb; notch, cleft, embrasure.
6. (device for opening) opener, key, skeleton key, passkey, master key; passe-partout; latch; passport, password, pass (see indication); can opener, church key; punch, gouge; piercer, borer, auger, gimlet, stylet, drill, awl, bradawl; corkscrew; dibble; trocar, trepan, probe; bodkin, needle, stiletto; reamer; warder; lancet; spear.
Verbs
1. open, gape, gap, yawn, bilge; fly or hang open; ope (poet.); unfurl, unroll; dehisce.
2. perforate, pierce, run through, tap, bore, drill; mine; tunnel; transfix; enfilade, impale, spike, spear, gore, spit, stab, pink, puncture, lance, stick, prick, riddle, punch; stave in; cut a passage through, make way or room for, open up or out; cut, expose, lay or break open, breach, broach. Slang, loid.
Adjectives — open, perforate[d], wide open, ajar, agape; unclosed, unstopped; ope (poet.), oscitant, gaping, yawning, cavernous; patent; tubular, cannular, fistulous; pervious, permeable; foraminous; vesticular, vascular, porous, follicular, honeycombed; notched, nicked, crenate; infundibular, riddled; tubulous, tubulated; opening; aperient.
Quotations — Each flower is a soul opening out to nature (Gérard de Nerval).
Antonyms, see closure.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. initial, beginning, primary; see first 1 .
n.
1. [A hole]
Syn. break, crack, tear; see hole 1 , 2 .
2. [An opportunity]
Syn. chance, availability, occasion; see opportunity 1 , possibility 2 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
1. hole gap, orifice, slot, aperture, chasm, crack, rift, hollow, lacuna, gateway, doorway.
2. beginning start, commencement, initiation, introduction, inauguration, launch, *kickoff.
3. vacancy position, chance, availability.
ANT.: 1. closure, occlusion, blockage, seal. 2. ending, closing, finale
II
a.
beginning, starting, commencing, initiating, introducing, inaugurating, launching, *kicking off.
ANT.: closing, ending, finalizing
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. An open space allowing passage: aperture, hole, mouth, orifice, outlet, vent. See OPEN. 2. The initial stage of a developmental process: beginning, birth, commencement, dawn, genesis, inception, nascence, nascency, onset, origin, outset, spring, start. See START. 3. The act or process of bringing or being brought into existence: beginning, commencement, inauguration, inception, incipience, incipiency, initiation, launch, leadoff, origination, start. Informal: kickoff. See START. 4. A favorable or advantageous combination of circumstances: break, chance, occasion, opportunity. Informal: shot. See LUCK.

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