Commission of general gaol delivery, an authority conferred upon judges and others included in it, for trying and delivering every prisoner in jail when the judges, upon their circuit, arrive at the place for holding court, and for discharging any whom the grand jury fail to indict. [Eng.] — Gaol delivery. (Law) See Jail delivery, under Jail.

(Gaol"er) n. The keeper of a jail. See Jailer.

(Gap) n. [OE. gap; cf. Icel. gap an empty space, Sw. gap mouth, breach, abyss, Dan. gab mouth, opening, AS. geap expanse; as adj., wide, spacious. See Gape.] An opening in anything made by breaking or parting; as, a gap in a fence; an opening for a passage or entrance; an opening which implies a breach or defect; a vacant space or time; a hiatus; a mountain pass.

Miseries ensued by the opening of that gap.

It would make a great gap in your own honor.

Gap lathe(Mach.), a turning lathe with a deep notch in the bed to admit of turning a short object of large diameter.To stand in the gap, to expose one's self for the protection of something; to make defense against any assailing danger; to take the place of a fallen defender or supporter.To stop a gap, to secure a weak point; to repair a defect.

(Gap), v. t.

1. To notch, as a sword or knife.

2. To make an opening in; to breach.

Their masses are gapp'd with our grape.

(Gape) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gaped (? or ?); 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.

She stretches, gapes, unglues her eyes,
And asks if it be time to rise.

(c) Showing self-forgetfulness in surprise, astonishment, expectation, etc.

With gaping wonderment had stared aghast.

(Gant"let), n. A glove. See Gauntlet.

(Gant"line`) n. A line rigged to a mast; — used in hoisting rigging; a girtline.

(Gant"lope`) n. See Gantlet. [Obs.]

(Gan"try) n. See Gauntree.

(Gan"za) n. [Sp. gansa, ganso, goose; of Gothic origin. See Gannet, Goose.] A kind of wild goose, by a flock of which a virtuoso was fabled to be carried to the lunar world. [Also gansa.] Johnson.

(Gaol) n. [See Jail.] A place of confinement, especially for minor offenses or provisional imprisonment; a jail. [Preferably, and in the United States usually, written jail.]

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