(d) Manifesting a desire to injure, devour, or overcome.
They have gaped upon me with their mouth.Job xvi. 10.
2. To pen or part widely; to exhibit a gap, fissure, or hiatus.
May that ground gape and swallow me alive!Shak.
3. To long, wait eagerly, or cry aloud for something; with for, after, or at.
The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes.Denham.
Syn. To gaze; stare; yawn. See Gaze.
1. The act of gaping; a yawn. Addison.
2. (Zoöl.) The width of the mouth when opened, as of birds, fishes, etc.
The gapes. (a) A fit of yawning. (b) A disease of young poultry and other birds, attended with much
gaping. It is caused by a parasitic nematode worm in the windpipe, which obstructs the breathing. See
1. One who gapes.
2. (Zoöl.) (a) A European fish. See 4th Comber. (b) A large edible clam of the Pacific coast; called
also gaper clam. (c) An East Indian bird of the genus Cymbirhynchus, related to the broadbills.
(Gape"seed`) n. Any strange sight. Wright.
(Gapes"ing) n. Act of gazing about; sightseeing. [Prov. Eng.]
(Gape"worm`) n. (Zoöl.) The parasitic worm that causes the gapes in birds. See Illustration
(Gap"ing*stock`) n. One who is an object of open-mouthed wonder.
I was to be a gapingstock and a scorn to the young volunteers.Godwin.
(Gap"-toothed`) a. Having interstices between the teeth. Dryden.
Gar pike, or Garpike (Zoöl.), a large, elongated ganoid fish of the genus Lepidosteus, of several species,
inhabiting the lakes and rivers of temperate and tropical America.
(Gar) n. [Prob. AS. gar dart, spear, lance. The name is applied to the fish on account of its long
and slender body and pointed head. Cf. Goad, Gore, v.] (Zoöl.) (a) Any slender marine fish of the
genera Belone and Tylosurus. See Garfish. (b) The gar pike. See Alligator gar and Gar pike.
(Gar), v. t. [Of Scand. origin. See Gear, n.] To cause; to make. [Obs. or Scot.] Spenser.
(Gar"an*cin) n. [F. garance madder, LL. garantia.] (Chem.) An extract of madder by sulphuric
acid. It consists essentially of alizarin.