Open-air to Ophiology
(O"pen-air`) a. Taking place in the open air; outdoor; as, an open-air game or meeting.
(O"pen*bill`) n. (Zoöl.) A bird of the genus Anastomus, allied to the stork; so called because
the two parts of the bill touch only at the base and tip. One species inhabits India, another Africa. Called
also open- beak. See Illust. (m), under Beak.
(O"pen*er) n. One who, or that which, opens. "True opener of my eyes." Milton.
(O"pen-eyed`) a. With eyes widely open; watchful; vigilant. Shak.
(O"pen-hand`ed) a. Generous; liberal; munificent. O"pen-hand`ed*ness, n. J. S. Mill.
(O"pen-head`ed) a. Bareheaded. [Obs.]
(O"pen-heart`ed) a. Candid; frank; generous. Dryden. O"pen-heart`ed*ly, adv.
O"pen-heart`ed*ness, n. Walton.
1. The act or process of opening; a beginning; commencement; first appearance; as, the opening of a
The opening of your glory was like that of light.Dryden.
2. A place which is open; a breach; an aperture; a gap; cleft, or hole.
We saw him at the opening of his tent.Shak.
3. Hence: A vacant place; an opportunity; as, an opening for business. [Colloq.] Dickens.
4. A thinly wooded space, without undergrowth, in the midst of a forest; as, oak openings. [U.S.] Cooper.
(O"pen*ly), adv. [AS. openlice.]
1. In an open manner; publicly; not in private; without secrecy.
How grossly and openly do many of us contradict the precepts of the gospel by our ungodliness!Tillotson.
2. Without reserve or disguise; plainly; evidently.
My love . . . shall show itself more openly.Shak.
(O"pen-mouthed`) a. Having the mouth open; gaping; hence, greedy; clamorous. L'Estrange.
(O"pen*ness), n. The quality or state of being open.
1. Anything so constructed or manufactured (in needlework, carpentry, metal work, etc.) as to show
openings through its substance; work that is perforated or pierced.
2. (Mining) A quarry; an open cut. Raymond.
(Op"er*a) n. [It., fr. opera work, composition, opposed to an improvisation, fr. L. opera pains
work, fr. opus, operis, work, labor: cf. F. opéra. See Operate.]